Across our nation as well as in Blount County, mural painting is in a moment of renaissance. FLFR is providing a series of murals about this amazing and beautiful River.
The River Awareness Mural, 10’ by 42’, is finished at the Dry Creek Antiques Store on 62441 US-231, Cleveland, Alabama 35049 Phone (205) 527-9024.Artists Lakshmi Tummalapalli and @0neExplorer painted this mural.
Let Nature be your Teacher Mural, 20' by 11', is currently being painted at 237 Railroad Blvd in Oneonta, AL 35121 by Joan Babcock.
Keep an eye out. Murals will be coming to walls near you in Blount County. Friends of the Locust Fork River is sponsoring a Murals Project to beautify formerly blank spaces, and deliver a message of beauty and care.
The specific purpose of the project is to raise awareness and gratitude among us all for this gorgeous environment we get to live in!
Just think: not everybody in the world gets to look out over valleys shrouded in early morning mists, mountain ridges receding with gentle color gradations into the far distance. Not everybody sees in their daily rounds rolling pastures of hay rippling in the breeze, or towering rocky cliffs, or a winding trail dissolving into deep woods.
When we think about it, we can realize how these visions give us a sense of peace, a glimpse of deep beauty, and a feeling of balance in the world.
And through all of this beauty the Locust Fork River has been winding for a long, long time. It nourishes so much life! So many creatures depend utterly on it for water, for tiny food bits, for tasty larvae, for big fish. Its floods nourish the floodplain in timeless cycles. Its ripples and waves and torrents inspire the human soul.
Friends of the Locust Fork River intends for the murals to serve as gracious reminders of how fortunate we are in this county and how we humans need to work together to nurture and maintain that beauty for generations to come.