Mandala to be Tampa’s First Street Mural Installation

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Toward the end of 2016, Seminole Heights received key approval from the city to pursue adding a painted intersection (North River Boulevard and Louisiana Avenue) to their neighborhood. A similar project was conceived and executed in St. Pete during the city’s SHINE Mural Festival.

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Catherine Thomas designed the street mural

A call to artists was released in March and, during a neighborhood happy hour in May, Catherine Thomas’s Mandala design was selected as the final design.

Mandalas in and of themselves represent balance, unity and togetherness, and are often used as meditative tools. They also are significant of journeys and rituals, because when they are created, the creators move through a beginning, middle and end; hopefully learning something along the way.

– Catherine Thomas

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Community painting event to be held in July

On Saturday, July 15 the project will finally become a reality for our city. The total surface area at the intersection is roughly 289 sq. ft. and measures 17 ft x 17 ft. Seminole Heights residents — with varying degrees of art experience — will assist in painting the final design on the intersection.

The community will require assistance with the set up, fabrication of the stencil, painting the design on the street and the cleanup. The event takes place at West Louisiana Avenue and North River Boulevard from 8am-3pm. Invite your family, friends and neighbors and help add more art to our growing community!

Further details can be found on the community’s Facebook event page.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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