Buildings across North Carolina are getting a new layer of paint on their walls that depict musicians who were native sons and daughters of the state. The North Carolina Musician Murals Project is recognizing musicians who have made an impact in their home state and beyond, WFAE reports.
In Cleveland County, for example, artist Scott Nurkin unveiled a 30-foot-tall mural of Earl Scruggs, an icon of bluegrass music who was well-known mid-century. Another work is underway depicting Don Gibson, a country songwriter.
The murals are already drawing fans and curious locals. Director of the Earl Scruggs Center Mary Beth Martin said that the attraction is a plus for the community.
“It was kind of fun to be out there those days he was painting in the evening to see how many people grabbed a beer at Newgrass and just watched it for hours,” Martin said. “I expect as more people are able to get out and about, when it’s safe, that it’ll continue to attract attention.”
Nurkin got his start with murals while he attended UNC Chapel Hill. Now, he’s living out his dream of creating murals across the state to highlight musicians.
“I’ve been sitting on it, dreaming of it, really for the last 10 years,” he said.
Nurkin says the murals are a way for people to learn more about what North Carolinians have contributed to American music, according to WFAE.
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