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The bus stops here: Northwestern students, volunteers transform bus benches into murals

Erick Johnson | 5/1/2014, 9 a.m.
Is it a bus stop or a work of art? To longtime residents, it was a plain, old stone bus ...

The MLK Project has painted murals all over South Florida, cities in the U.S. and the world. Their artwork can be viewed on their website at www.mlkmurals.com

“Everyone likes to see the bright colors in the neighborhood,” said Edward Rawson, chief operating officer of the MLK Mural Project “It gives a feeling of community. We like to design these murals in open spaces for all different ages.”

Mural art designer Bernisha Fleurinor, is a senior in the Medical Magnet program at Miami Northwestern Senior High School. She won Moving Lives of Kids Mural Project, which asked students to come up with a design that reflected positive aspects of Liberty City.

“We see colors all around us. Why not paint them on the bus stop?” asked Daryl Bell, a senior at Northwestern. “I hope people don’t miss their bus though while they are looking at it.”

Before they are painted the beige stone bus stops, which were built in the 1980s, are cleaned with a power washer during the week, said Margery Scott, who handles the fundraising for the group.

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmondson has partially funded the painting of two bus stops, which costs about $5,000 to complete. Students in the project receive a $25 educational stipend.

“I am so very proud of the young people who are working on the MLK Mural Project,” Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson said. “They are contributing their talents, their love of art and their hard work and I am grateful for their participation.

The mural will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike and will help us remember that if we are strong and united we can accomplish much to make our community a more vibrant place to live.”