Color Bham has done it again.
Last year, the group led by Marcus Fetch organized dozens of volunteers to paint the Color me Birmingham mural near Innovation Depot.
This first weekend, they topped last year’s effort painting a 500 foot long Rainbow Wall on the side of the railroad tracks off Birmingham’s historic Morris Avenue between 22nd Street and 20th Street North.
Nearly 100 people volunteered on June 1-2.
The effort to paint the rainbow wall was funded by Kinetic founder Jay Brandrup, Shipt and neighboring businesses and residents.
“The goal of this wall is to carry on the theme of the Birmingham rainbow tunnels, as the Birmingham rainbow wall – to make it a landmark in town,” said Marcus Fetch. “We can imagine 1000s of photographers will use it over the years, kind of become a famous thing.”
Fetch was especially surprised by the turnout on Saturday morning when volunteers kept streaming in.
“It becomes really special for people,” Fetch added. “They can claim they were a part of this. So like four years from now they can show a friend or family member a part of the wall – and say, WOW! – I was part of that. Give that sense of pride. I really want to share that with everybody.”
Color Bham has plans to hold additional painting events big and small – around the Magic City. People can connect with Color Bham by joining their Facebook page.
Color Bham’s Vision
“I have this vision that 3-5 years from now the city can adopt the idea of a – “City of Color.” It can speak on re-defining our heritage. We are already known as a city of color along racial terms, so maybe we can also be known as a city of color for our vibrance, art and diversity,” concluded Fetch.