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Shelby Park mural painters robbed; will finish project

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Two men were painting a neighborhood mural earlier this week when they were robbed at gunpoint -- but the artists say they don't want what happened to overshadow the goal of the project.

Just two weeks ago, it was a blank wall on the side of a building in the Shelby park neighborhood. With a graphic designer's creativity, some paint and some helping hands, it's slowing becoming a colorful mural.

Graphic Designer Tyler Deeb spent weeks creating the image on his computer before it became a community project.

"I just remembered how much I liked pixelated art and just thought that was really something I could understand and capture and do on my computer and create something on my computer that would translate to the wall," said Tyler Deeb, a graphics designer Misc. Goods Co.

The wall has 120 colors and 2,000 squares. The end product will be a pixelated bouquet of flowers.

"It's been really tedious, like that we have to spend so much time with each square -- that there's 2,000 squares just makes it even more, just, complicated," said Deeb.

But the artistic flow had a brief but dangerous interruption earlier this week.

On Monday afternoon, Ben Terry, a creative designer for Access Ventures, and another man, were working on the mural when gunmen forced them to their knees and stole most of their possessions.

"Guns drawn...was scary, but the reality is there's all types of things that go on in life and that's part of the struggle that we live in," Terry told WDRB.

Terry and others working on the mural don't want what happened to get in the way of their community project and their shared goal.

"You've got to pick up your pieces and move forward and it can't change the kind of the vision and the hope of: people matter. Our neighborhoods matter and we can still come together and have a purpose," he said.

"I think the goal of this mural is to bring art and to bring places of rest and beauty to the neighborhood," added Deeb.

The men filed a police report and had to replace the belongings that were taken from them, including cell phones and wallets, but Terry says they've forgiven the robbers and says they're welcome to come help them finish the project.

"I think for us, we would always want to provide an invitation of a way to pour in, to be a part and not exclude anybody."

You're invited Saturday, Sept. 27, from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. to join in and paint a few of the mural's squares. Paint and tools will be provided at 1217 Logan Street.

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