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Ruskin artist commissioned to paint HCC mural

RUSKIN - Ideas are in motion for a new mural to be added to the Fountain Courtyard at the SouthShore campus of Hillsborough Community College. Local artist Michael Parker, 35, has been commissioned to paint the mural, which will be added to other well-known projects across the bay area, including the Big Draw mural in Ruskin, the Adamo Drive mural in Ybor City and the Information Access mural at the Ruskin Library. According to Parker, the project is unique in that the campus is known for its environmentally friendly design and sustainability. "Part of the conversation brings in that environmental consciousness," he said. "We're still in the concept stages, so a lot of brainstorming is going on."
Some of the ideas being tossed around, he said, are using materials and techniques other than paint, including recycled textbooks, black and white photographs and assorted alternative materials. Allen Witt, campus president, has full confidence in Michael's abilities. "We trust he will create a design that will reflect who we are as a community," he said. Parker feels the mural will make an impact. "I think that people often overlook the importance of art in our everyday lives. It is completely woven into the fabric of the community and is almost always taken for granted," said Parker. Once approved, the 18-by-25-foot mural will take approximately a week to complete with six to 15 volunteers.

Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at [email protected]

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