New mural creates positive change on Milwaukee's south side

Posted at 10:02 AM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 11:02:57-04

MILWAUKEE -- A mural was just created on Milwaukee's south side showing people of all ethnic backgrounds holding hands in unity.

Business leaders, the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative and special grants helped make the artist's vision come to life.

Jennifer Espenscheid was tasked with creating a community mural on a building owned by a business at 25th and National Avenue.

She thought of painting hands in different poses.

"It's very intricate just to do one pair of hands," said Espenscheid.

She used 20 pairs of hands. All of them were taken from real photos of people from the Clarke Square neighborhood.

The mural makes a circle in the shape of a mandala, which is a spiritual symbol that means universe.

Leaders with the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative hope it stands as an example of what is possible if we all work together.

"A social connection is a huge part of what makes neighborhoods thrive," said Danielle Nabak, Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative.

An official ribbon cutting is taking place Friday, September 29 at 3:30 p.m. You are invited to attend to help put on the final touches as well.