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Page 13: Unique art project in Biloxi


Artists around the country are bringing a splash of color to urban areas through a unique movement called Contempo Expo.

The idea is to paint murals on city buildings. An example of this art form can be found at Vieux Marche in Biloxi.

The historic district in downtown Biloxi is capturing the attention of visitors.

The exterior of the Kress building has been turned into a giant canvass, featuring an array of artwork.

Angie Molyneaux points to one piece and says, "This piece, if you look closely has all kinds of hidden treasures. There's the lighthouse and the Ocean Springs bridge that looks like a keyboard."

While the building is under renovation boarded up windows have turned into paintings.

The theme is, "Art Can Change Everything".

Coast artists were brought together by Molyneaux to transform dull construction material into street art.

"My thought was what if we put artwork in them. What if we created this big gallery that would flow down the street" she said.

Vieux Marche has always had such potential. It's had it's ups and downs over the years. There are a lot of empty buildings and for sale signs.

Once you get down to the Kress building there is an explosion of color. The idea was to challenge 23 artists over a weekend to create this unique spectacle.

The web site reveals the story of the spirit behind this project.

Similar artistic ventures are happening across America. They call it Contempo Expo.

On December 1 an event will be held at Vieux Marche. Artists and bands will entertain and talk about this brand of artistic expression.

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