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Faded Patriotic Wall Mural Restored to Colorful Glory

The patriotic-themed mural behind the Frederick Sigur Civic Center no longer exudes a fading glory.

Upon the completion of a recent refurbishment project, the 20 by 80-foot brick wall in Chalmette now proudly displays vibrant red, white, blue and an abundance of color just in time to celebrate the Fourth of July.

“I think they bring life to the area and give people a chance to admire art,” Lenny Unbehagen explained why community art murals are important to have.

Due to his previous experience creating commercial and residential murals, Unbehagen, the Interim Executive Dean of Continuing Education at Nunez Community College; decided to spearhead the restoration after being approached by St. Bernard Parish Government in August of 2018.

He also reached out to several student organizations such as Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa, and other artists like Sabrina Evans-Schmidt to help with the project. He stated about 20 to 25 students helped with the blue base coat.

Working in humid, cold and rainy weather, finding artists to volunteer their time and replicating another’s artwork were some of the challenges he faced. Unbehagen described the refurbished mural “is not exactly the same, due to the worn original, but I think it still captures its essence.”



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