A Madison-Ridgeland Academy senior has been chosen to create a mural welcoming visitors to Ridgeland.
The MadArts Leadership Madison County Team has begun work on the city’s first mural. The mural site will be located in Olde Towne Ridgeland at the corner of W. Jackson Street and N. Central Avenue.
The mural was designed and is being painted by MRA senior William Milam.
The MadArts Team created a Facebook page in October 2018 requesting submissions from Madison County artists. The design theme was to be in keeping with the style of Olde Towne Ridgeland and present the city as vibrant and welcoming.
The MadArts Team specifically reached out to area high school art teachers in hopes that student artists would submit designs. Five students submitted designs with Milam’s colorful depiction of the Barnett Reservoir and Old Trace Park being selected as the winner.
The winning design was approved by the City of Ridgeland Architectural Review Board in December 2018.
The building, which is owned by Brandon Meeks with Shelter Insurance and partners, was selected as the perfect location for the “Welcome to Ridgeland” message as people enter the city from Interstate 55.
In addition to submitting a mural design, artists were asked to submit their inspiration behind the design.
Milam’s letter stated that the reason this project was of interest to him was that he wanted to use his talents to improve the city that he grew up in and has come to love. He further stated that one of the most important things in making an area popular and attractive is to create a good atmosphere.
His mural design would be a significant contribution to the overall welcoming atmosphere of Old Towne Ridgeland.
The mural should be completed by April 15 at the latest but is contingent on the weather. Work could not begin on the project until the temperature was above 50 degrees for the paint to dry properly.
The paint and for the project has been donated by Wireless Wizard Superstore in Ridgeland.
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