High school artist urges community to paint “Welcome to Mobile” mural – KION546
By Lee Peck
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MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – What started out as a community service project – actually involves the community.
A member of Youth Leadership Mobile, ”artist Sarah Beth Bexley, a senior at McGill High School, wanted to give back and leave a lasting impression on those visiting the port city.
“And for my community service project, I wanted something that brings the city of Mobile together and shows how cool our city really is,” Bexley said.
His idea led to a “Welcome to Mobile Mural” – painted by none other than Mobilians on one of the exterior walls of Moe’s Original BBQ downtown.
“I thought it would be a good way to spend our Saturday,” said Hong Nguyen.
After completing the Azalée Trail Run – Nguyen – was not the only one who ran to pick up a brush and get to work.
“I think it’s a wonderful idea to bring the community together around this mural. It really makes it about Mobile – the hometown, ”Nguyen said.
The mural inspired by Disney murals by number with the personal touch of the artist.
“For example, I’m a green Azalea Trail Maid and you can see in the ‘B’ there is a big all green Azalea Trail Maid,” Bexley explained.
Little by little and line by line, the team effort took shape.
“We’re going to have a lot of fun… I’m very excited about it,” Bexley said.
And looking at the finished product – all that smile-producing fun and excitement.
Again, the mural is behind Moe’s BBQ in downtown Dauphin, across from Scott Street.
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