Students paint a life stage mural of Atlas at Escanaba business

June 18, 2015  |  by Bonifas Arts Center
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Middle school students are painting an outdoor mural on a wall at Atlas Chiropratic in Escanaba. It is part of the Art Scene program at the Bonifas.

Bonifas Arts Center instructor Eddie Moritz says the mural will cover three life stages of Atlas.

"The design is going to be three stages of Atlas," she said. "Atlas as a child, Atlas as a teen and Atlas as an elderly gentleman."

Monday, the students painted the background colors of yellow, orange and blue on the wall. 6th grader Tyler Kangas painted a crash barrier next the building white that will eventually have a heartbeat lifeline painted on it.

"I like painting and I like crafty stuff so I thought this would be perfect for me," Tyler said.

He admitted that the wall is pretty big. Although he has painted his bedroom he says he has never painted a mural on a brick wall.

"It's pretty rough too although the barrier is smooth and easy to paint," he said.

It is going to take several weeks to complete. Kangas says he hopes the mural will be there for years to come.

"I'm just hoping that when I'm older I can look back and say, 'Hey, I painted that,'" he said with a chuckle.

The Art Scene is a project of the Bonifas Arts Center and is sponsored by Atlas Chiropratic.

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