I built the freestanding structure before the event, attaching six reinforced 8'x4' panels with an illustration to guide participants who might just want to color something in.
The very first visitors were immediately drawn to the mural, picked up a brush and started painting.
All ages enthusiastically took part, with many zipping back and forth to get different colors and brushes.
Some people had a plan, and contributed entirely new and original content. Others were encouraged to just wing it.
This was a true "all-ages" experience that creatively celebrated Autumn in the Flats for SCENE Magazine and Kids Kicking Cancer.
Despite the rainout on Day 1 and cold weather on Day 2, the mural relentlessly engaged people and stimulated conversation.
By the time Day 3 began, word had travelled and people were flocking to the mural to have their picture taken.
Several young visitors were so excited by the idea, they volunteered to help and happily explained what was going on to others.
Since paint had to be used, we asked people to leave their coats to the side and exercise caution with paint near their clothes.
We regularly refreshed a large bucket of hot water so people could clean their hands after painting.
Onlookers marveled at the mural's rapid development. Many exclaimed gratitude for the experience and feeling it gave them.
Parents happily snapped pictures to share with friends and family.
As Day 3 came to a close, it was amazing to reflect on people's creative appetite as every inch of the mural had been covered.
The courage and conviction of every creative participant, young and old alike, brought a smile to our faces.
The completed collaborative mural currently awaits final direction for refinement and display. My sincerest thanks to all those who participated. You taught us so much, and we look forward to building on that experience in the near future.