Graffiti artists creates 200-foot Jackson 5 mural in Gary

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A graffiti artist has created a four-story mural honoring The Jackson 5 in the group’s hometown of Gary, Indiana.

Artist Felix Maldonado painted this 200-foot Jackson 5 mural on a vacant building in Gary, Indiana. (Felix Maldonado/Twitter)
Artist Felix Maldonado painted this 200-foot Jackson 5 mural on a vacant building in Gary, Indiana. (Felix Maldonado/Twitter)

The city commissioned local artist Felix “Flex” Maldonado and his assistant Omar “OMS” Marin to paint the mural on the brick side of a vacant building. The black-and-white artwork features all five members including late pop superstar Michael Jackson. The artists used hydraulic lifts to paint the nearly 200-foot-by-200-foot mural. It took them about two weeks.

The mural is about 2 miles from the Jackson family home in Gary.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Maldonado painted a similar but much smaller mural in another Gary neighborhood and it was very popular. Tiffany Tolbert of Indiana Landmarks’ Northwest Field Office says people are constantly stopping to take photos of it.

 

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