Special unveiling held for new mural at Michigan DNR Office


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ESCANABA – The drive toward Escanaba will be looking a little more colorful now and it’s all thanks to a special partnership between the DNR and the Bonifas Fine Arts Center.

A special unveiling was held earlier today at the Michigan DNR Escanaba Customer Service Center off US-41 for an art project. 

“Well, I had a vision of having a mural on the wall here just to help represent what Michigan has to offer and what’s in our backyard,” said JoAnn Alexander, General Office Assistant at the Michigan DNR Escanaba Customer Service Center.

Local mural artist Jim Finlan and a team of high school students from across the U.P. were brought on for the project. The mural is a result of an annual art scene program run by Bonifas.

“You can see it from three different standpoints, from the highway, up close, and kind of from a far distance away,” said Kaylee Hubert, Student. “Just to see it from different angles and different lengths away from it, it’s turned out super cool. You’re on the highway and you see just a picture, but when you come up close you see all of the details. It just warms my heart, I guess, to see that people can just appreciate it from different levels. It turned out super great and I’m super happy with it.”

“I’m blown away by how beautiful it looks because everyday I drive down the highway I’d see the progress and think, ‘This is going to look so cool when it’s done,'” said Deanna DeValve, Student. “I’m so happy with what the results are.”

The project may have only taken two weeks to complete but the mural itself will leave a lasting impression.

“It was a very boring looking wall and we thought what could we do to improve the landscape of the building,” said Alexander. “We thought how about a mural, because we had seen other murals around town and now we have a reality.”

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