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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- It clings to wall that hugs an interstate, but organizers of mural designed to show the city's compassion are hoping the newly completed artwork will also "speak" to passersby.
With phrases like "paying it forward," "abundance" and "transparency," the mural along Brook Street near the Unity Church of Louisville seeks to remind others of a goal set by Mayor Greg Fischer's administration: to make Louisville a more compassionate city over the next ten years.
The Fischer administration's effort towards "compassion" was reflected earlier this year during the "Give a Day" program that called on citizens to volunteer and again this spring when His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke at the KFC Yum Center to thousands.
But this particular mural, which sits underneath I-65 along Brook Street, was the creative work of artist Luckett Davidson and the 40 volunteers who spent weeks this summer painting it.
"Compassion to me means living into your heart and opening your heart," said Davidson.
Dave Kempf was one of the 40 volunteers who helped paint the mural. He says they painted through several hot days, which all began on Memorial Day.
"We've been so put into molds of who we are, what color we are, what religion we are and we are all human beings. I think we need to hold the conversation between us by saying 'hello how are you today?'" said Kempf.
Consider this wall a "hello." It's the greeting from 40 volunteers, a planner, a church, city leaders and Davidson.
"We are the most compassionate city in the world and these are the attributes of that," said Martha Creek, who helped organize the event.
"The mural they dedicated today expresses themes that we should all be constantly reminded of," said U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D - 3rd District Kentucky, who attended the dedication ceremony.
Creek said she hopes the mural serves as more than a visual aid.
"I hope that this is a chance for people's souls to be brightened. As we started painting -- people have been driving by and honking and two-thumbs upping," she said.
Those behind the brush hope the mural does more than cling to a wall near an interstate. They hope it speaks to passersby.
"It's a call to me to be understanding and generous and joyous ... it is our call to be that," Creek said.