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Grant helps revitalize Moss Point with murals

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MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

If you've been in Moss Point lately there's no doubt you've seen several eye catching wall paintings showcased around town. The murals are part of a post-Katrina grant to help revitalize the town and celebrate its beauty.  

When folks ride into Moss Point they will now be greeted with colorful, creative murals. 

"The inspiration was recovering from Katrina," Artist Bill Nelson said.

All the art work was done by local artist Bill Nelson. The city hired the Moss Point resident through a $28,000 workforce grant to paint four murals.  

"The first one I did was the White Egret taking flight. To me that was Moss Point being on the bottom of Katrina and building back," Nelson said. 

Two murals recently went up on these public buildings and the other two on a local business and they focus on the city's scenic beauty. 

"One of them is the purple irises that grow in the marsh. The public also wanted an alligator, so I got some different photos from that," said Nelson about the murals.

But the favorite, of among many, is this majestic train painting in the city. 

"It showed that Moss Point does have industry," Nelson said.  

"It is truly breathtaking. I truly feel the train is coming through Moss Point," resident Linda Walsh said. 

Resident Linda Walsh said when the city puts up stunning murals; it adds more character to the city and keeps local artists employed.

"In Moss Point, we have so many artists. People don't realize what talent we have here," Walsh said. 

Walsh and Nelson hope the art work will get more drivers to slow down and see what else the city has to offer

"I hope this inspires people to take flight with Moss Point or bloom like the flowers and say let's put some building up," Nelson said.

"We have the beautiful water here. How many cities have water in their downtown," said Walsh. "You can fish here. Walk here. You can bike here and it is a great area to live. I love it." 

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