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Mural inspires life lessons in downtown Sharon

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A new mural in downtown Sharon will officially be unveiled Wednesday.

The more than 4,300 square-foot mural took 22 gallons of primer, 46 gallons of paint and the ideas of more than a dozen area kids to complete.

"It's something like, I can come down here and show my family, like yeah I helped out with this. I was here when it was being done. I helped change our community," said Michael McQueen.

McQueen was one of thirteen students from the Hope Center for Arts and Technology that helped paint the mural. 

"These skills transfer to so many different industries and experiences," said Executive Director for HopeCAT Tom Roberts.

The group worked under the guidance of renown street artist Joel Bergner who helps lead community-based mural projects around the world. 

"I hope the kids see how much potential they have and especially when they work together they can achieve amazing things," said Bergner.

The project was supported by the Park Inn by Radisson "Adding Color to Lives" initiative. Project leaders say they were overwhelmed by community donations and support.

"One thing we do very well here is pitch in, jump in, try to help out and you really only have to open a door ever so slightly here," said Project Manager T.J Walk.

The project took only five days to nearly complete.

"Me and my friends thought this wasn't capable in five days but, as we proceeded like, we got so much done in at least five hours. It was crazy," said Katelyn Keller with HopeCAT.

"Working with all of our friends and having fun, now actually getting it done I can see what we're capable of getting done," said Hannah Coleman with HopeCAT.

The official unveiling ceremony will take place Wednesday from 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. The mural is located at 40 South Water Ave.
 

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