Three teenage artists have created a mural on the wall of an Omaha fire station that reflects the department's history.
The teens explored the fire station near South 25th and L streets, interviewed firefighters and met with a department historian. After weeks of aerosol practice and through peer-collaboration, the urban arts group created a design incorporating both their own creative voices and the content inspired from their research.
"This unique mural project focuses on the intersection between community murals, street art, public space and local history through the collaborative efforts of professional artist mentors, youth at risk of graffiti vandalism, the city of Omaha and the Omaha Fire Department," said Kent Bellows Studio interim executive director Weston Thomson. "We wanted this mural to be appreciated on many different levels, including historical significance, urban art expression and firefighting symbolism."
A reception for the artists and to celebrate completion of the mural will be held at the fire station next Tuesday, October 15th from 5-7 p.m.