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Public Art Breathes New Life Into Downtown Macon, Making Middle Georgia Great

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Public artwork may become a more regular site in downtown Macon, at least if the non-profit volunteer group, Facade Squad has its way.

Armed with a mission to turn eye sores into works of beauty, Facade Squad started its first attempt on the side of an old laundry mat on College Street.

Chris Kiker, one of the founding members of Facade Squad, wanted something within the downtown corridor, that would embrace a sense a community, and make the corridor more attractive.

"It really fits in with the community, with education and knowledge," Kiker explains of this painting.

The giant mural on the once white brick building, is being painted by local artist Heidi Clinite.

Clinite's mural shows two children, reading at twilight, laying underneath a book being used as a tent. They are laying on an open Walt Whitman book, surrounded by fireflies. Clinite choose this picture, to capture the imagination of kids, and to encourage people to read and do something different.

"Always pursue adventure," Clinite says. "And have fun. Be curious about life...go to the library, check out some books, have an adventure!"

The painting is a part of the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, in which groups can apply for funding, in an effort to clean up the College Hill Corridor. Kiker says his plan is to apply for more grants, to get more public art throughout downtown.

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