NEW: “I Love Birmingham” mural commissioned by Freshwater Land Trust is finished  [AERIAL VIDEO]

I Love Birmingham (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

The “I Love Birmingham” mural behind the M2 Building on the Hugh Kaul Trail, finished this week, just in time for the opening of The World Games 2022. 

“The approximately 10,000 square foot mural is the first such mural on the Red Rock Trail System that celebrates green spaces and outdoor recreation,” wrote Executive Director of the Freshwater Land Trust Rusha Smith in a statement sent to Bham Now.

Here is a drone video of the mural:

Freshwater Land Trust commissioned it as a gift to the City of Birmingham for The World Games, and we are thrilled to have it along the newly completed Hugh Kaul Trail, which connects Railroad Park through Avondale to Continental Gin.  We are grateful to Fitz Signs & Murals and Lee-Rodgers Tire Company for partnering with us on this transformative project.”

Since Earth Day – Trail, Mural, Plaza

Birmingham Sunrise Rotary Plaza. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Since the official opening of the Hugh Kaul Trail on Earth Day, muralist Shawn Fitzwater has been busy working on the mammoth painting, behind the Ghost Train Brewing Taproom and office of the Freshwater Land Trust at the M2 building on 3501 1st Avenue South.

The mural is the second major project completed in the past month alongside this popular part of the Hugh Kaul Trail.  In June, the Birmingham Sunrise Rotary Club unveiled  the Sunrise Rotary Plaza featuring a 26 foot statue by artist Deedee Morrison called “Inception.” 

All three sites — the Hugh Kaul Trail, I Love Birmingham mural and  Sunrise Rotary Plaza are sure to become a favorite gathering place for locals and out of town guests alike.

Have you visited the new Hugh Kaul Trail yet? Tell us what you think of the new trail, plaza and mural. Tag us on social media @bhamnow 

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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