Well-known Chapel Hill muralist Michael Brown combined elements from 160 self-portraits drawn by local third graders to design the mural located at the intersection of Jones Ferry Road and N.C. 54, which Brown said will be completed by the end of next week.
The mural will welcome visitors to the town, said Michael Adamson, manager of the Carrboro Mural Project.
“That is easily the most heavily trafficked place in Carrboro — there are 24,000 vehicles per day passing it,” Adamson said.
The Carrboro Mural Project began in 2013 as the brainchild of Adamson’s daughter, who drove past the spot daily on her commute, Adamson said. She thought the wall at the intersection looked drab and might be a good spot for a mural.
Adamson spoke to Brown, who has painted hundreds of murals in North Carolina since the 1980s, and presented the project to the Carrboro Arts Committee and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, both of which were overwhelmingly supportive, he said.
Students at Mary Scroggs Elementary School and Carrboro Elementary School contributed the self-portraits. Brown, who had a long career as an art teacher, worked with some of the kids to do a self-portrait class exercise.
He then used bits and pieces from each child’s artwork to create the design for the mural, which features Carrboro’s town logo and seven large, childlike portraits of children.