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Ybor mural moves one step closer to reality
Ybor mural moves one step closer to reality

Tampa, FL -- A mural, that if completed will be the city's largest, has taken a big step closer towards becoming reality. Officials with the Adamo Drive Mural Project say financing is now in place for the proposed 370-foot long by 35-foot tall picture.

Below is a news release recently sent out announcing the update:

On Thursday, Oct. 20, final financing for the public-private Adamo Drive Mural project was approved by the Tampa City Council.

This latest action completes a 2-year fundraising effort split between the city and private donations.  Plans are now being finalized to include students of Hillsborough Community College and community workshops to design the image and produce the artwork. Hoffman Porges Gallery in on 7th avenue in Ybor City will provide local creative talent for the project.

The massive mural will cover a 370 by 35 foot expanse of the Fabricated Products building on the north side of Adamo Drive in Ybor City.  The image will depict the human experience of Ybor and early Tampa - recalling a time when we were affectionately known as the "Cigar City" as well as the urgent destination for waves of immigrants seeking freedom and a chance to be part of the American Dream.

Significant sponsors include the Sherwin Williams Corporation, Vykin Corporation, the Columbia Restaurant, the Ybor City Rotary Club, and Kimmons Corporation.  Preliminary prep work on the building and design efforts will begin within the next several weeks.  Production of the mural will begin on-site after the first of the year. 

Michael Parker, nationally known muralist, art program adjunct professor, and director of "Big Draw Studio" in Ruskin, will lead the effort.  A second project, crafted by local Tampa muralist Carl Cowden, will begin fundraising in the near future.

When completed, these images will enhance the image of the Adamo corridor, remind residents and visitors of the rich heritage of Tampa, and encourage rediscovery of the national historic landmark district of Ybor City. 

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