Phoenix wings mural contest announced

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Pictured is an example of the mural

By Toni Stauffer

The 2019 East Alabama Chamber of Commerce Leadership class is working on a final project. At Wednesday’s Russell County Commission meeting, class member and resident services supervisor for the Phenix City Housing Authority, Haley Ramey, presented a proposal for an art project to beautify the back wall of the parking lot behind the courthouse on Broad Street, in front of the Phenix City Amphitheatre. The project is for an interactive mural of phoenix bird wings. These murals are popular throughout the country and photos appear on social media sites like Instagram.

“The Leadership group knew we wanted to leave some type of legacy and a mural is something we don’t have in Phenix City, so this is the first,” Ramey said. “Also, this is the first large, interactive mural in this area, and they are popular all over the country right now. Being across from the amphitheatre, the mural should provide some fun photos for folks in the future. It will be the first thing people see when they come over the bridge from Columbus. We are really grateful that things are moving as smoothly as they are and can’t wait for the community paint day.”

The class has put out a call for all artists in the Chattahoochee Valley region to submit designs for the large-scale mural as part of a contest. The design will be used for a community-based art project, which will begin in May. The deadline for applications is 6 p.m. March 15. Interested artists may contact Alex Travis at