East Chattanooga’s Wilcox Tunnel Mural Project unveiled

As a part of Public Art Chattanooga’s Art in the Neighborhoods program, the Eastdale Neighborhood Association applied for and was awarded a large-scale mural.

The Wilcox Tunnel Mural Project was revealed this morning during a news conference with the artist, Greta McLain, and city officials.

The purpose of the project is to “create large, vibrant murals on both ends of the tunnel connecting a number of East Chattanooga communities and drawing economic development in the area.”

According to a release, the $75,000 project was funded by the Footprint Foundation, the Benwood Foundation and the City of Chattanooga.

McLain is a 2D artist based in Minneapolis with over 10 years of experience in creating community-based murals that enrich empty spaces and bring residents together. She is also the founder of Good Space Mural Studios in Minnesota where she focuses on bringing communities and public art together.

Along with Public Art Chattanooga, McLain worked extensively with the Eastdale Neighborhood and the greater East Chattanooga community to identify appropriate themes for the mural.

Her design revolves around the bright future for East Chattanooga families and children, featuring portraits of children from the neighborhoods surrounding the tunnel.

Local artists also worked on the project, including Mercedes Lanos, Alex Loza, Kristin Ton and Payton Hayman. McClain’s team included Minneapolis artists Candida Gonzalez, Eamonn McLain, Samie Johnson and Tina Monje.

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