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Art & Soul: The Visual Arts - Giant Mural At Busy Ann Arbor Intersection Highlights Nature & Joy

Ann Arbor
Kellie Bambach
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On the pavement at the intersection of Main and Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor, there is a very large mural as part of an initiative by the Ann Arbor DDA and The Arts Alliance.  Lisa Barry and Omari Rush talk to one of the artists who created the mural, Kellie Bambach, who explains that, during this time of uncertainty, they wanted to bring a little bit of "nature" and color to the urban space and remind everyone that we can be #AllTogetherOutside. 

Artist Kellie Bambach shares that she and her creative partner, Adrienne Pickett, believe public art reshapes the way we experience cities.  They embraced the idea of togetherness and inclusivity by bringing nature and joy to downtown where we're #AllTogetherOutside for this moment in time. 

Ann Arbor
Credit Kellie Bambach
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#AllTogetherOutside Art Project

Just as nature represents renewal, they hope this revitalized approach to this small segment of town brings all colors, race, age, and economic status to the area with a sense of belonging and togetherness and instills a sense of hope in the community.  With what has been a dark year, they bring light to it with fun graphics and bold colors.

Ann Arbor
Credit Kellie Bambach
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#AllTogetherOutside Art Project

The 3000-square foot mural was created on the pavement at the busy Ann Arbor intersection to be experienced by motorists and pedestrians and impacted by the elements. 

Ann Arbor
Credit Kellie Bambach
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#AllTogetherOutside Art Project

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
Omari Rush has a continually expanding role of service as both an artistic administrator and community leader, in part through his work as curator of public programs at the Ann Arbor Art Center.
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