Hillcrest Towers mural project nearing completion

A new mural in the works at Hillcrest Towers (Staff photo)

A new mural on a retaining wall near Hillcrest Towers is nearly finished.

The project, designed by local artist Tina Oppenheimer, is located on an east-facing wall visible from School Avenue on the property at 1 N. School Ave. in Fayetteville.

The mural depicts a sun rising over the grassy area on the east side of the site, with colorful patterns emanating from the center of the design toward the edges.

Oppenheimer said she designed the mural several years ago, but just recently secured funding for the project.

“Mary Finch, the Community Outreach person for FHA, saw the picture on my website and asked me if I’d still be interested in doing it,” Oppenheimer said. “Of course I was, so she contacted Crystal Bridges and they agreed to fund it.”

Volunteers helping out / Photo: Tina Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer and volunteers have been working on the project since late April, and should be wrapping up soon, she said. Oppenheimer outlined the design on the wall, and residents have been helping to fill in the shapes.

“My original idea was for it to be a community project, since, once outlined, the shapes could be filled in easily,” Oppenheimer said. “Initially, like with priming, there were quite a few folks that came to help.”

A core of about four residents have consistently showed up to work on the project, she said.

A ribbon cutting is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at the site to celebrate the project.

“We are hoping to have the white all covered up for the ribbon cutting, but will be touching up, second coating and applying sealer for a while after that,” Oppenheimer said.

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