Local artists continue their mission to end gun violence, racism

Local artists continue their mission to end gun violence, racism

PITTSBURGH — Local artists are continuing their mission to end gun violence and racism.

Their 10 mural series moved to the Strip District on Sunday.

Those behind the mural project said its purpose is to galvanize our city through public art while showing the beauty that can happen by working together.

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The large mural found on the side of Salem’s Market and grill in the Strip District has an even larger message.

“We love you Pittsburgh. Let’s work together to make a better future for us all,” said muralist Kyle Holbrook.

Holbrook said the goal of his latest project, Pittsburgh Solidarity for Change, is to design thought provoking installments that address issues such a police brutality, gun violence and racism.

But in order to create these broad strokes, Holbrook enlisted the help of local artists, like Sara Butra-Coleman.

“We came up with this design because of the unity. I think people should come together from all over the places, no matter skin color or religions you believe in,” Butra-Coleman said.

Coleman’s mural in the Strip is just one of ten that can be found spalled across buildings throughout Pittsburgh neighborhoods like Oakland, Sharpsburg and Homewood, where business and property owners gave artist permission to use their walls as a canvas to create larger than life signs for unity and social justice.

Holbrook said the public is welcome to write their own messages of unity on the walls. For the location of those murals, click here.

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