SHREVEPORT, La- A picture is worth a thousand words. But in this case, it’s a big picture, a mural.
It was created by several local artists who met through a class at the Shreveport Regional Art Center. They are on a mission to give back to the community.
690 Jordan St. was not looking its best, but four local artists decided to do something about it. Cathy Cobb is one of them. She was a military brat and that’s how she ended up in the area.
“My dad was in the service and I moved here when I started high school. I’ve lived here ever since. I was tired of moving, found a Shreveport guy and we’ve been here ever since," Cobb said.
And Cindy Magee was looking for a home in Shreveport
“When we drove through, my husband and I, he is not here from Shreveport, and he was not very excited to move here because a lot of the buildings needed some love. I thought, you know what? Let’s do something about it," Magee said.
And they did. With just $250 and a whole lot of love, they created a beautiful mural.
“I just want to spread the love and the joy and hopefully other people will join in and make this city great again," said Magee.
But it wasn’t easy. They went to the assessor’s office to track down the owner of the building and asked permission. Then they needed insurance. Plus, they had to deal with the elements.
But rain didn’t stop these artists. They wanted to give back.
Magee added, “That’s my dream, that people realize what a great city this is to live in.”
Every piece of this mural means something.
“When I think of a tree I think of an old soul and all the things it has seen and been through and I want to remind people of that with this mural. There’s a lot of stories that this building can tell, there’s a lot of stories that Shreveport can tell," Magee said.
And we’ve all heard the saying, “Stop and smell the roses."
“So often we get in a hurry and in my artwork I use a little brush technique to kind of sit with it, force myself to be still and to really just appreciate the beauty of nature in everyday life," Cobb said.
And community members are loving it and feeling grateful.
“I think it means hope that people are starting to care back and give more and they want to see a positive change instead of just tearing something down, they want to make it into something beautiful," said Mendy Wade, a Shreveport resident.
These artists are hoping this mural will motivate people to pay it forward.
“I hope other people might be inspired by this to do exactly the same thing," added Cobb.
These artists even have a selfie spot for you to take pictures. If you want to show them some love, all you have to do is swing by, take a quick selfie and make sure you upload it to social media using #highlandlife.
Since these artists started this project back in April, other business have asked them to create a mural for them.