Sign Or Mural? Cap World In Saugus Supports Its Artistic Tribute To Route 1

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SAUGUS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – One business located on Route 1 in Saugus has drawn some attention over the debate of their mural.

The town of Saugus has a rule when it comes to signs businesses can display along the route. However, the owners of Cap World Truck Accessories & Trailers argue their mural is a work of art rather than a sign. Cap World’s Ron DiVincenzo, who has been there since 1987 and works alongside his family, said the mural is a testament to the town that has supported him all those years.

“It’s a place where I’ve lived most of my entire life,” he said. “We’re doing this as a tribute. A tribute to Route 1 and the town.”

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The Saugus Zoning Board of Appeals had previously ordered Cap World to either remove or cover the mural. After DiVincenzo asked the Select Board for a variance, some believe the mural should stay.

“My interpretation is that it’s not a sign, it’s a mural that pays homage to our town,” said Select Board Chair Anthony Cogliano. “It promotes the town and everyone in town seems to like it.”

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The mural does not advertise Cap World or any other business, but instead serves as a visual representation of all the weirdness Route 1 has offered and continues to offer. Portions include the orange dinosaur and Hilltop sign to the restaurant that was shaped like a ship. 

Cap World is located on the northbound side of Route 1, but it is hard to see the mural from the highway. The mural was done by local artist Philip Coleman.

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