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Dozens of high school and middle school students in The Colony have provided murals at Stewart Creek Park. Similar pieces are planned throughout the city.
Local high school and middle school students have added their own artistic touch to a popular park in The Colony with two new murals.
About 10 students from The Colony High School and 20 to 25 from Griffin Middle School worked on the two murals at Stewart Creek Park.
The paintings depict "the city by the lake" with fish, birds, and a colorful sunset over the nearby lake.
The murals also add some beauty to an area that otherwise lacks in it -- the sides of their brick dumpster and portable restroom enclosures.
Pam Nelson, city community development director, said the murals are the evolution of a public art campaign the city started discussing years ago after a resident suggested The Colony add murals around town.
"I started looking at it and thought, 'You know, this would be a really great opportunity for us to implement that mural project that was discussed a few years ago," she said.
Nelson said it was also a natural opportunity to get local students involved in the project. As the city grows with several projects around town, it is trying to get the community involved with projects as much as possible.
"You could just see them beaming, and you could see the pride they had for having recognition of the work they did," Nelson said.
The Colony is so happy with the first murals that it is already talking about doing more in the park and around town with students and other members of the community, she said.