After a few months of fundraising, planning and waiting for a sunny weekend, the Bluff Park Mural is up.
Located on the side of Mr P’s Deli and Butcher Shop at 813 Shades Crest Road in Bluff Park, the new mural features the beautiful sunset Bluff Park is known for, roses, flowers and angel wings in memory of Carol Pilleteri, the matriarch of the Pilleteri family, who passed away in 2018, that owns Mr. P’s.
The Artist & Committee
This weekend, Bham Now’s Jessica Broom, who actually lives in the Bluff Park neighborhood, interviewed Jayne Morgan, the muralist and Heather Skaggs, one of the Bluff Park Mural Committee members.
A local art teacher, Jayne Morgan is a native of Hoover and a current resident of Bluff Park.
She described how the idea for the mural was started.
“One of our neighbors came to me and a few others. He had a picture of the Edgewood mural. He asked the question: “Why don’t we have anything like this? We are an artsy neighborhood…home of the Bluff Park Art Show. So we formed a little committee to raise money, it took team effort.”
Jayne worked with Toni Kennedy, who is Mr. P’s daughter, on the design.
“We wanted to do the sunset. I also wanted to do the flowers. When we showed all the guys who work at Mr. P’s they said “flowers!” Jayne chuckled. We decided what’s Bluff Park. It is definitely the sunset and the view. We talked about making it interactive, so we talked about doing the angel wings which symbolizes Mrs. P, their mom, who died a few years ago. One of her best friends came by and helped paint the roses and her granddaughter helped paint the wings. Toni is going to do the halo. She loved roses too.”
There are also birds on the upper left side of the wall representing the Pileteri grandchildren.
Size of the Mural
The mural is not small. The wall is 16 feet at its highest point and 50 feet across.
According to committee member Heather Skaggs before they started painting the mural they had to make sure everything was done legally. The wall/property is actually in the city of Birmingham, which was a good thing since the Magic City has ordinances that foster the painting of murals. Skaggs told us working with Hoover on the mural has also helped open the door for future murals in their community.
Heather’s favorite part of the mural?
“I do love the angel wings, and the special little touches that Jayne puts in there that have not only special meaning to the Pilleteri family but to Jayne as well.”
A genuine community project, both Jayne and Heather hope the new Bluff Park mural can inspire visitors and neighbors alike. Check it out today.