DUNEDIN, Fla. — A new public art project started in Dunedin this week, adding even more color and visual artistry to a city already known for its vibrant artistic landscape.

  • Project started on wall at Rosie's Tavern in Stirling Commons
  • Phase 1 of project started this week
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Good ideas are born from inspiration.

This good idea was inspired by an eyesore.

“We have a lot of people who sit on the patio on the weekends, enjoy beer, enjoy music when it’s on the weekends. and then there’s that blank wall,” said Marsha Goins, an involved community member who works at Rosie’s Tavern in Stirling Commons.

That blank wall, situated in the middle of Dunedin, is unusual, given the city is full of public art, so Goins decided it was time to add a splash of color.

According to Goins, she started by simply printing picture of the wall and drawing on them.

“We took a sharpie so we knew what the scale of what it could be,” said Goins.

Since then, that scale has grown. Phase One of the mural project began this week, and it’s much larger than originally imagined, not only in size, but in impact.

“It’s a documentation of your work that’s accessible to everybody," said Johnny Vitale, one of the artists painting the mural. "It’s not just in a small gallery somewhere or in somebody’s home, it’s for the public to enjoy,” 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s exactly the goal with the project.

“It makes people smile and usually they end up having a conversation with each other about it,” said Jackie Nigro, chair of the Arts and Culture Committee in Dunedin.

So what’s it going to look like when all is said and done?

“I’ll show it to you, but you can’t show it on the news,” said Vitale. “You’ll have to come back and see it in person.”