DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — Colorful banners line fences surrounding an old factory junkyard site the city of Dubuque plans to redevelop in the coming years.
The banners are on display across Elm, 15th, and 16th streets. The city asked community members in the Washington Neighborhood to create artwork that represent who they are and what Dubuque means to them.
Kristin Hill, Communications Specialist for the Bee Branch says they worked with organizations in the neighborhood to hand out markers and poster board and asked the residents to let their imaginations take the lead, with a bit of guidance.
“We asked them to draw a self portrait, their favorite place in their neighborhood or maybe their house, and then some of their favorite things or hobbies. And what we have is a really large and colorful display of Dubuque and the people who live here.”
Hill says the banner is not only a way to bring more life and color to the junkyard site, but it also plays a role in the future of the Bee Branch Greenway and Blum Site Projects. The mural fulfills a requirement the city must meet in order to qualify for EPA grants to make the junkyard redevelopment project happen.
“As part of the grant requirements we do have to do community engagement so we thought this was a really neat way to do community engagement. To go out and tell these community members about the project and then have them do the art where they can see their art displayed on the fence for the next couple years.”
Not all of the artwork has been revealed yet. The city is holding on an event in the Washington Neighborhood to unveil a 62-foot portion of the banners.
The event is this Saturday, June 8th starting at 10:15 a.m.