Volunteers painting mural on SR-933 in South Bend - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Volunteers painting mural on SR-933 in South Bend

Posted:

Volunteers are sharing an artistic endeavor with the community in South Bend.  They are painting a mural on the wall of an overpass of SR-933. 

After less than five days of work, nearly the whole east wall is covered in art.  Volunteers say they are hoping to get under the bridge by tomorrow.

The project to beautify the City of South Bend is headed by the Community Foundation. This mural is just one of many to come. Some feedback from the community has been extremely positive, but some people have had some concerns about the cost.

Nick Easely, the Project Consultant from the Community Foundation helping with the mural set-up, says that isn't an issue.  "The good news is that you don't have to worry about that because it's not taxpayer funding."

Groups like Memorial Hospital, Outpost Sports, The Home Depot, Behr Paint, YMCA, The Center for the Homeless, and others have donated either their time, money, or supplies to help the project.

Easely hopes that the project will connect people in South Bend in a common goal.   "Why can't we do something together," he said.

The design depicts a 3D image of a stone bridge over a bright blue waterway. The lead designer of the mural, Chris Stacowicz, explained his idea behind the picture.  "Just taking some of the highlights that you would see downtown making it into an aesthetically pleasing combination almost like hip-hop, you know? Like visual hip-hop of the different spaces and combining it," he said.
 
As Chris moves forward to paint the overpass he plans to paint a "Welcome to South Bend" logo as a gateway to the city. He hopes this creates a better atmosphere for entering the city.

"Instead of thinking of it as 'we want to enter in [the city] and we only see this?' Instead we're going to enter in and see something beautiful that will condition us a little bit."

They had about 30 people helping out on Friday, despite the heat. Sometimes they only have about four or five. While some volunteers are already talented artists, Chris says everyone should be able to help.

"I'm a firm believer that anyone who wants to volunteer can actually do it, and if you're really serious about becoming a painter through the process of painting, this we can train you to be an excellent painter."

The painting is expected to go on through September.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Special report: "Screen time, your kids & violence"

    Special report: "Screen time, your kids & violence"

    Lindsay Helman is a mom of three and a 3rd grade teacher. So she has a unique perspective on screen time, seeing it as an incredible educational tool, but one that can be downright dangerous.More >>
    Lindsay Helman is a mom of three and a 3rd grade teacher. So she has a unique perspective on screen time, seeing it as an incredible educational tool, but one that can be downright dangerous. More >>
  • Mishawaka Police warn you should check your bank accounts

    Mishawaka Police warn you should check your bank accounts

    The Mishawaka Police Department is warning people to check their bank accounts. Police say between Friday July 18th and Monday July 21st, "unknown suspects have been purchasing merchandise in large quantities at popular local businesses in the Grape Road and Main Street area." Police say you should check with your bank to make sure your accounts have not been compromised.More >>
    The Mishawaka Police Department is warning people to check their bank accounts. Police say between Friday July 18th and Monday July 21st, "unknown suspects have been purchasing merchandise in large quantities at popular local businesses in the Grape Road and Main Street area." Police say you should check with your bank to make sure your accounts have not been compromised.
    More >>
  • Fatal motorcycle accident on US 20 in Elkhart

    Fatal motorcycle accident on US 20 in Elkhart

    A 42 year old Elkhart man was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle accident Sunday just before 11 AM. The motorcycle driver was driving his Harley Davidson eastbound on US 20, when he crossed the center line near CO RD 13. He collided with a vehicle traveling west.Police reports say witnesses suggested the man may have been driving around 70-80 miles per hour. He was found not wearing a helmet. The driver of the car had only minor scrapes as injuries. The Elkhart County Crash Investig...More >>
    A 42 year old Elkhart man was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle accident Sunday just before 11 AM. The motorcycle driver was driving his Harley Davidson eastbound on US 20, when he crossed the center line near CO RD 13. He collided with a vehicle traveling west.Police reports say witnesses suggested the man may have been driving around 70-80 miles per hour. He was found not wearing a helmet. The driver of the car had only minor scrapes as injuries. The Elkhart County Crash Investig...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.