St. Petersburg muralist Zulu Painter (@zulupainter1) sizes up his progress while working on the Imagine Gas Plant & Laurel Park Mural at the Campbell Park Recreational Center in St Petersburg. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
A trio of mural artists teamed up with students to capture what used to be and what could be.
ST. PETERSBURG — The smell of aerosol paint could be detected in the air at Campbell Park Recreational Center as muralists Carlos Culbertson, who goes by “Zulu Painter” and Jabari Reed, better known as “Iboms,” worked to complete a new mural depicting life in the former St. Petersburg neighborhoods of Gas Plant and Laurel Park.
The art, being painted on the north side of the recreation center, is supported by Voices Heard Voices Matter of the Bloomberg Harvard Group and the African American Heritage Association.
Students from the recreation center’s after-school program collaborated with the professional muralists. The students reviewed old photos from the demolished neighborhoods, then were inspired to draw their own interpretation of life as it was then and what their vision of the future would be.
Iboms, Zulu Painter and fellow artist Reid Jenkins projected and painted the kids’ drawings onto the side of the recreation center and then filled in spaces with their own work. A Gas Plant and Laurel Park neighborhood reunion is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Tropicana Field, Parking Lot 4, which is where the neighborhoods once stood.
The Institute on Black Life at the University of South Florida, the city of St. Petersburg and the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg also contributed to the effort.
The public is invited to observe the festivities, while family and direct descendants of neighborhood residents are encouraged to register and participate.
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