Wabash Walls project approved for phase two

The Lafayette Redevelopment Commission approved to continue supporting the initiative on Thursday at its monthly meeting.

Posted: Jan 24, 2019 4:54 PM
Updated: Jan 27, 2019 11:43 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - You can expect to see more spray paint murals coming to Wabash Avenue. The Lafayette Redevelopment Commission approved to continue supporting the initiative on Thursday at its monthly meeting.

The Tippecanoe Arts Federation will continue the second phase of the Wabash Walls Project.

"We received a contract from the city of Lafayette. They've been a wonderful supporter for quality of life initatives and we couldn't be happier to work in the Wabash Avenue neighborhood again," said Tetia Lee, Executive Director for TAF.

Last summer, the organization brought muralists from all over the world to help improve the neighborhood. However, they were not able to reach all of the area due to construction.

An unfinished mural that resembled former President Barak Obama caused some controversy in August. Artist Andre Cobre assured the community that the man in the mural was simply an anonymous man meant to pay tribute to Lafayette's train industry. 

Lee said the murals are the arts community's way of contributing to our community.

"It's our way of being a proactive part of recruiting, retaining individuals, talented individuals to know that this is a really cool place to live," she said.

They plan to paint murals along the road all the way to the railroad tracks by the Lafayette Wastewater Treatment plant. TAF is currently looking for a new crop of muralists to work on this next phase .

Work will begin in July and finish in August.

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