Springfield, Oregon, to honor 'The Simpsons' with official mural

Springfield, Oregon, will honor its connection to The Simpsons in September with an officially sanctioned mural depicting Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.

Announced Friday, the mural will be painted on the west side of the Emerald Arts Center by a local artist or organization, using as a basis original artwork provided by 20th Century Fox. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening will have final approval.

"I plan to sneak up in the middle of the night and sign the mural," he said in a statement. "I hope I don't get arrested."

A native of Portland, Groening confirmed in 2012 that he named the Simpsons' hometown after nearby Springfield. The Register-Guard reports that when the Oregon city lost to Springfield, Vermont, in a 2007 contest to hold the worldwide premiere of The Simpsons Movie, Groening sent city officials a movie plaque inscribed with the message, “Yo to Springfield, Oregon — The Real Springfield!” A prop couch featuring the Simpsons family is on permanent display at the Springfield Museum, which boasts, "Springfield, OR is the real Springfield from the Simpsons!"

The mural, which is expected to cover a space measuring 15 feet by 30 feet, will cost about $10,000, to be paid for using hotel room tax revenue. A city spokesman told the newspaper the art will be specific to Springfield, Oregon, showing Homer in a hammock, Bart climbing a tree, Marge painting and Lisa and Maggie riding a bicycle.

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