STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Art students hope a collaboration of color will brighten up a concrete wall in Starkville.
The smell of paint filled the air on North Jackson Street in Starkville as students from a Mississippi State University (MSU) art class brought rollers and primer to begin the works of a new city mural.
The designer of the colorful mural is MSU student, Emily Harms.
“A lot of the students, they aren’t just on campus and they aren’t just in Starkville," she explained. "It’s a mixture of everything, so we wanted this mural to reflect that.”
Harms said the Hub Mural will depict buildings from downtown Starkville leading into buildings on campus, showing unity between both aspects of the town.
She hopes, “for everybody, whether they go to Mississippi State or they’re just Starkville residents, to find a piece of their home in the mural.”
On Tuesday, students painted the first coat of primer on the concrete wall.
Harms said they plan to be out from 9 AM to 3 PM and 6 PM to 8PM each day to finish the masterpiece.
Rosie Ferguson is among the students racing to get the artwork completed.
“When I came back and saw all the murals in Starkville, I was so excited that you know we were making those developments," said Ferguson. "To bring people happiness because of COVID, that was a great inspiration for this mural.”
Ferguson works as the outreach leader for the project, calling officials to make sure the art could be displayed for all to see.
She along with her fellow classmates hope this project will leave a lasting impression on the town.
“The fact that I was going to get the chance to actually participate in making something that’s going to stay here for a while in Starkville, just kinda you know leaving my mark, I was really passionate to get this thing started.”
Harms said the group hopes to have the mural done by the end of June.