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City's largest mural dedicated in Ybor!

Tampa, FL -- Organizers say they believe it to be one of the largest outdoor murals in Florida, but it's most certainly the largest in Tampa...

The Adamo Drive mural is now complete and with it a new welcome to visitors of Ybor City. 

YborArtProject.com says the design incorporates three integrating themes and six individual messages reflecting the experience of the Ybor National Historic Landmark District, past and present:

  • The Journey through Life
  • The Conflict between Tradition and Progress
  • The American Experience

The Youtube video seen above explains more abour the mural, as does the following release on last Tuesday's mural dedication ceremony:

Mayor Bob Buckhorn and community leaders [dedicated] the Adamo Drive Mural on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. The mural is located along Adamo Drive between 17th and 19th streets.

"The mural is a tribute to the history of Ybor City. It even reflects the character of the neighborhood today; it's bright, interesting, and forward-looking," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "Public art projects like this are an important economic driver and help us define Ybor as a creative place." 

The mural covers one large warehouse, spanning two blocks, and organizers believe it is one of Florida's largest outdoor murals.

The intention of the mural's design is to depict the vitality of Ybor City. It focuses on the people and families that continue to make the neighborhood one that embraces new faces, new businesses, and new ideas.

"This will not only be a nationally recognized artistic accomplishment, but also an invitation to rediscover Tampa's unique historic and cultural treasure within Ybor City," said Dave Scott, Chairman of the project committee, highlighted the mural's purpose.

Michael Parker, the local artist overseeing the massive project, taught a class at Hillsborough Community College specifically for the mural, and did thorough research of the neighborhood including interviews with residents. That feedback, as well as the area's history, has been integrated into the content of the mural to tell the story of Ybor City. HCC students also helped Parker paint the large scale project.

The mural is a public-private effort that has been in the planning stage for the last two years. In addition to the City of Tampa and Ybor City Development Corporation, the project has been supported by local businesses, including the Columbia Restaurant Group, Kimmins Contracting Corp., Vykin Corp., Actsoft Corp., Hoffman Porges Gallery, Fabricated Products, Ybor City Round Table, Protective Coating Solutions, Inc., SAFWAY Scaffolding and Access Solutions, Corrosion Specialties, Inc., Sherwin Williams Company, Ring Power/The CAT Rental Store, Glendale Painting Corp., Empire Paint, Brandon School of Dance Arts, Salem Enterprise Solutions, Radiant Oil, Bad Monkey Ybor, Special Forces Motorcycle Club, Cars Plus, Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, Ybor City Rotary Club, and La Gaceta.

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