Mural sparks revitalization of Downtown Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Linda Wiley grew up in a neighborhood close to the Rosa T. Beard memorial street bridge but today, she witnessed something she has never seen before.

"I think it's wonderful. It's a beautiful mural. The community is being revitalized and this is truly an asset to our area," Wiley said. "To me this is history and our children need to know what has happened in the past and to see the future and it's on this wall."

The 20-foot-high overpass, previously bearing graffiti, gang symbols and slang, now sports a massive mural with images reflecting the community.

"It is a beautification project but it sends a message to the citizens of this area of the city but throughout the city that we're really committed to beautifying, rehabilitating and revitalizing this area of the city," said Mayor Copenhaver.

Funds from a community challenge grant and the Augusta Arts Council commissioned the McTier family to be the lead artists for the project.

"Augusta is our second home and each trip to Augusta we tried to find out about the arts scene and we kept hearing the need and the desire to have more public art in Augusta and that led to conversations with the Arts Council and then the city of," said David McTier.

The mural took about 10 weeks to complete.

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