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Mural project looks to highlight Knoxville's historic past

6:39 PM, Jun 29, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Knoxville) A neighborhood-led project to add some art to an unlikely part of the city is nearing it's colorful finish. 

The Sixth Avenue Mural Project was started back in the fall by some Parkridge neighborhood residents that wanted to brighten up the area beneath the bridge at the crossroads of the Fourth and Gill, Parkridge, and Old North Knoxville Neighborhoods.

Volunteers on every Saturday for the past month have picked up brushes and paint rollers to work on the mural.

On Saturday, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero stopped by the site of the four mural panels.

Project organizers said they wanted to beautify the area while also reducing litter and the project is meant to highlight the area's three historic neighborhoods and the city of Knoxville.

"I think it's a great example of community and a great way to embrace Knoxville's arts and culture," Calvin Chappelle, event organizer said.

Chappelle said local businesses helped support the project by donating paint, scaffolding and other supplies.

Chappelle also said he expects it'll take three more Saturdays of work to complete the murals.

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