Public Artists at Ten
The Children’s Mural is not called the Children’s Mural just because children like it. Actually, everyone likes this colourful painting on the RJ Corman Railroad Bridge over Wilkinson Street. But it is called the Children’s Mural because it was painted by children! Jennifer Zingg, an art teacher, came up with the idea. The railroad bridge was a 350 foot long eyesore. The dingy gray wall made the downtown area look bad. Zingg thought that if her summer art class could paint a mural on the wall, it would make the whole downtown area look brighter. The Sherwin William paint company donated paint and the City of Frankfort power washed the wall. Zinng created the design. It tells the story of Frankfort’s history. There are deer, horses, trees, meadows, a train, the Kentucky River, and a bridge. It took Jennifer and the children two summers to complete the project. Seeing the children at work inspired an outpouring of community support. Train conductors waved and drivers honked and shouted encouragement. Some people even brought popsicles. Carley Bishop, 10 year old mural artist, says that she is proud that she helped make downtown better and brighter.
Is there a place in your community that would look better with a mural? If you were going to paint a mural there, what would it look like?
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