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Celebrating Superior's stories

Artist Alison Price, front, walks with Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen Tuesday, pointing out different sections of the community mural she designed on the wall of 1322 Banks Ave. Although Price outlined the mural, hundreds of community members put their own stamp on the work by painting individual sections. A community celebration of the mural took place Tuesday, complete with music, cotton candy and balloons. (Maria Lockwood)

A crowd gathered Tuesday to celebrate the rainbow of colors on the wall of 1322 Banks Ave.

"Our Superior Community Mural" was started Memorial Day weekend. The project, developed and directed by artist Alison Price, gave members of the public a chance to create their own public art. Nine days and 14 gallons of paint later, the 1,500 sections were filled with trees, names, handprints, flowers, animals and more.

"I look at this every day, I'm here and I still see new things," said Darcie Burbul, who works at nearby Engwall Wolff's Flower Shop. At break time, she walks down the wall she helped paint.

"I did it with my son," Burbul said. Her "fun daisies in the wind" and his smiley face can be seen next to each other in one area.

"It's something I'm proud of and to have him do it too ..." she said. "We're part of the community and proud of it."

Chesare McLaughlin, 10, of Superior painted three different sections of the mural with friends.

"I came home with a lot of paint on myself," she said. Tuesday, she fanned her hand over one friend's handprint while enjoying fresh cotton candy. Her grandparents, Joe and Linda McLaughlin, came with Chesare to the celebration. They liked everything about the mural.

"It brightens everything up," Linda McLaughlin said.

From the smallest handprints to artistic memorials, the wall stands as a symbol of the community.

"I call it the crazy quilt of Superior," said Kaye Tennerelli, executive director for Superior's Business Improvement District. "There are so many stories up there it's unbelievable."

Walking down the wall with Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen, Price stopped to talk about the different artists and point out their sections. He thanked her and the others who made the mural a reality -- Twin Ports Custom Climate owner Chad Thompson who offered his wall for the project, the BID and Superior Public Art Creating Community Environments (SPACES) for providing paint and all the other businesses and individuals who donated supplies, parking spots, scaffolding and more.

"I want to thank one and all," Hagen said, especially the "little contributors who put their stamp of approval on this." He then proclaimed Tuesday Alison Price Day in Superior.

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