Marvin Aramthis, 15, is one of nine Watertown students volunteering summer weekdays, 8 a.m. through 2 p.m., to paint the 230-foot-long mural of Watertown landmarks along the Linear Park bike bath.
Lead artist Gregg Bernstein is working with the teens on the mural, titled "A Bicycle Ride Through Watertown." Next
Abi Vershbow, 15, consulted her reference drawing.
“I can’t wait to come back here when I’m older and tell people I painted this,” she said. Next
Vershbow showed the reference drawing for her section of the wall.
“I’ve lived in Watertown my whole life, and my house is right next to Victory Field,’’ she said. “So I hear the football and field hockey games every night. It seems a little strange that I’m painting that.” Next
The project aims to discourage graffiti and introduce public art to the local community.
Liana Aleksanyan, 15, used a stick to make a straight line. Next
“This is a real community effort,” said Gregg Bernstein, a professional mural artist chosen to oversee the project. “We’re hoping this takes off, because there are so many opportunities along this bike route for public art.” Next
In addition to donations of money from several local banks, the Sherwin-Williams store on Howard Street has supplied buckets upon buckets of free paint, while the Home Depot on Arsenal Street has given all of the other supplies needed for the epic undertaking. Next
The mural is 7-feet high, and the young volunteers balance on milk crates to reach the top.
The mural’s landmarks were picked by Watertown residents who filled out suggestion slips and submitted them in boxes placed around the town. Back to the beginning
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