Artists unveil mural on King Street


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ST. CROIX - After weeks of hard work and long hours putting their artistic skills to the test, a group of artists were able to show off their work as the Frederiksted Mural Project was put on display Monday.

The project - which includes images of quadrille dancers, steel pan players, historic architecture, drummers and brightly-colored mocko jumbies towering over motorists and pedestrians on King Street in Frederiksted - was unveiled during a reception in the Pier 69 Courtyard on Sunday afternoon.

The large plywood pieces were then moved to the streetfront Monday morning, where they were mounted on the property located at 6 A and B King Street, across from Pier 69 and KFC.

Artistic director Lucien Downes said the community project took just less than a month to complete and is a way to bring some life and hope back into the town with the vibrant focus point near the town's center.

Elizabeth Keith, director of the Artist Guild of St. Croix, said the brand new Carnival parade-themed mural has replaced a mural painted by students from Good Hope School more than 10 years ago that has since faced.

The new mural measures 12 feet tall by 88 feet wide and spans about a dozen sheets of plywood that have been pressure-treated to ensure durability.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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