Location: Pleasant Green Park
What do you get when you combine twelve Magna youth, two advisors, and an artist? You get a quirky, incredible mural of Magna Pride!
From January to June of 2011 artist Roger Whiting met with the Magna Youth Council to brainstorm what makes Magna a unique, exciting town. Youth from the Magna Council took pictures of community landmarks including the iconic "C" on the mountain, the smokestacks, and Colossimo's Sausage. To show the level of community togetherness and pride they felt for Magna, they chose to represent the people of Magna as a parade riding down Main Street.
Not only does the mural explain the present greatness of Magna, it also explores the rich cultural heritage of the township. Parade onlookers in the mural hold flags representing the nationalities of the original Japanese, Greek, and Italian settlers of Magna.
Finally, as a tribute to their school, the lead float in the "parade" is a pirate ship carrying a swashbuckling captain, representing the Cyprus High School mascot.
Once the mural design was approved, and funding provided by the Magna Arts Council, the youth met with Whiting to paint their creation. The Zion's Bank of Magna donated use of their basement as a project working space, and the youth spent a Saturday with paint and pizza attacking the four-by-nine foot canvas.
The mural is scheduled to be unveiled at the beginning of tonight's "Night Out Against Crime" at Pleasant Green Park (@ 6:00pm). The mural will then spend the next year touring various locations throughout Magna as a tribute to the heritage and culture of the township.
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About Roger Whiting Murals & Illustration:
Artist specializing in murals and community art projects involving youth