'Community' mural unveiled

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - Many people Thursday in Iron Mountain got to see themselves in art. The second Power of Words project mural in the downtown area was finally unveiled.

Mia Tavonatti, who is from the area, along with a group of students and other local artists, began painting the mural earlier this month.

The mural is designed around the word "community." To embody that, it's made up of several portraits of people from the community, surrounding a child astronaut, representing the potential for the future.

This is the second mural completed in the downtown area since 2013 when the project began, but the artist isn't stopping there.

"It's got such great bones, this downtown, it really does, but it's got a lot of brown and a lot of gray, and it's like a prom dress that really needs some 'bling!' Tavonatti said. "It needs the life, it needs something vibrant...so, we're hoping to raise enough funds to do at least nine more."

The six students who helped in the 19-day project were also recognized at Thursday's ceremony and received scholarships from the artist.

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