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A series of large scale murals in Downtown Urbana by local artists will give the vibrant young community in the area a voice.
A series of large scale murals in Downtown Urbana by local artists will give the vibrant young community in the area a voice.
46 backers pledged $2,717 to help bring this project to life.

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Bicycle culture has a long history in Urbana. The mural project beginning in the alley way just north of Main Street celebrates that heritage, paying homage to local legends like Paul’s Bike Shop that paved the way for the thriving bicycle community that exits today. Painting celebrates and commemorates that history, but it also paves the way for fresh ideas and interactions to spring forth. Growing up in Urbana gave me a beautiful opportunity to enjoy that rich and welcoming sense of community on and off the bike. The mural is a way of giving back some of that experience.

The mural painting will offer a way to revitalize an underused part of downtown Urbana. It will engage with the warm community sprit that Paul's offered and activate the space for the nearby business today. 

The first mural will be a massive kinetic bike race brimming with references to local history and local business. It will occupy the alley side of the Busey building, which is currently in the process of being renovated. The entire project will be documented in time-lapse so that the transformation of the alleyway into a community space can be shared as a blueprint for similar transformations throughout the Urbana-Champaign area.

Risks and challenges

Our project is limited only by how much we can do to bring people together to realize it on the largest scale possible. We don't want to stop with one Kickstarter, or one month, or one wall, we want to expand the project into something that engages and enriches the whole city.

Where is your money going if you donate?
Painting can be expensive, we need to buy paint, scaffolding and ladders, brushes and rollers. If we're going to complete this project at the professional level that Urbana deserves we have to collect professional quality materials.

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    Signed original sketch from a local artist

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    Signed original painting from a local artist

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