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New Mural is a Giant Selfie of the 3rd Ward

New Mural is a Giant Selfie of the 3rd Ward

When artist Anat Ronen was asked to paint a mural on the side of the Third Ward’s Blackshear Elementary School, she knew she wanted the painting to depict everyday members of the community. As a result, a variety of residents now find themselves painted 15 feet tall on the school’s exterior.

The mural, which is 250 feet by 18 feet, is still being painted, but Ronen has people come up to her on a regular basis asking to be part of it. If she can oblige, she takes their picture and they ultimately join their neighbors on the wall.

She tells Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse the mural is essentially a selfie of the community – there’s even a woman depicted holding her pink cell phone out as if she’s taking a photo of the viewer. Ronen says a lot of folks come by to find people they know on the wall.

More: You can learn more on Arts InSight, Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, TV 8.

(Houston Public Media’s Chaz Miller contributed to this report.)

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