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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A group of people want to revitalize downtown Monroe using their tools. Our Nolan Crane shows us why instead of construction equipment, they are picking up their paint brushes.

There are a lot of buildings in downtown Monroe that have walls that are bare and not very attractive. Members of the Downtown Monroe Renaissance have hired a Louisiana Tech professor to transform this bare wall into a masterpiece.

"As we go forward we want to revitalize and show our support for revitalization of downtown Monroe and hope that this art work will show people that there is movement downtown, there is newness, there is refreshing and a little bit of a throwback of our history," said Matthew Cameron.

This miniature drawing took a lot of work but getting the image on this wall will take three months and seven artists including Louisiana Tech student Whitney Causey.

"It's a wonderful dream come true to have work displayed that's going to be here for 25 years or longer," said Causey.

Although some find the mural fun, others say it's capturing an important part of Louisiana culture.

"The painting is titled finding home and it explores the beauty of the Louisiana

landscape, specifically referencing Black Bayou and celebrates the rich culture of the region," said Nicholas Bustamante.

Everyone involved with revitalizing downtown can't wait to see what this wall located at 428 Desiard Street will look like when the artists are done. The artists hope this will not be the only wall they can bring to life.

 

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