Ultimate selfie: Artist's 250-foot mural nears completion

An artist is working on a massive 250-foot mural on the side of Blackshear Elementary.

HOUSTON -- Talk about the ultimate selfie.

There's a new 250-foot mural being painted on the side of Blackshear Elementary in Houston's Third Ward.

Street artist Anat Ronen has been working on the massive mural since November and expects it to be complete by the end of July. For months, Ronen has been taking pictures of Third Ward residents then painting them on the side of the school. Her mural is now known as "The Selfie Mural."

"I wasn't quite sure what I would do, but it kind of developed into this," Ronen said. "I think it's cool because it's a picture of now and here."

Ronen hopes the mural reminds everyday community members that they're part of something bigger.

"That is awesome," said Rohonor Randall, a Third Ward resident walking by as Ronen worked.

"That's my nephew," pointed out Craig Prince. "That's Tara and then Lynn, my nieces. They think they're celebrities. They love it. They're going to tell everybody, 'My picture's on the school, my picture's on the school."

Ronen's mural includes 55 portraits from subjects who range in age and race.

"When I look at this, I see unity," said Randall.

Third Ward residents are happy to have a piece of art that creates something beautiful in their neighborhood.

"I think it really signifies that everybody's important," Ronen said. "It's lovely to see that there's a lot of acceptance of everybody, a lot of people from all walks of life."


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