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State officials to honor artists, coordinators of Watertown mural

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 10, 2014 01:51 PM

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Lead artist Gregg Bernstein, left, worked with teens, including Liana Aleksanyan, 15, on a mural titled "A Bicycle Ride Through Watertown."

State officials this week will recognize Watertown high schoolers and volunteers who coordinated the painting of a 230-foot-long mural of local landmarks on the cement wall that snakes along the Linear Park bike path in Watertown.

The project, titled "A Bicycle Ride Through Watertown," was one of four selected by a Massachusetts Cultural Council panel to receive a Gold Star Award, an honor doled out by the agency for "exemplary" local cultural programs throughout the state, officials said.

The Watertown volunteers will be honored at the State House Feb. 11, and will receive a certificate for the accomplishment, according to an agency spokesman. State Sen. Will Brownsberger and state Rep. Jonathan Hecht are scheduled to present the award to the council volunteers just after 2 p.m.

The Watertown mural, which aims to capture the essence of the community, was created by nine local students who devoted their summer weekdays to painting the project, which aims to discourage graffiti and introduce public art into the local community.

The mural took shape after three years of planning and fund-raising by the town’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee.

“We’re trying to capture the spirit of Watertown,” Janet Jameson, a committee member who is among the project’s active supporters, previously told the Globe.

Various town departments and local businesses also donated time, money, and resources toward the mural's completion.

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