By Bryan Richards
Take an enchanted ride along South End’s Rail Trail, where a trio of colorful murals painted to embody the movement and vibrancy of magic carpets pave the way. Much like the Rail Trail itself, the Magic Carpet Murals—painted by Baltimore/New York-based artist duo Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn—unite the community in artistic expression.
The inspiration behind each of the murals evolved out of three hands-on community workshops. Unterhalter and Truhn held the first workshop with students at the Bethlehem Center of Charlotte, an organization that provides educational activities for children from low-income communities. The other two workshops involved an eclectic gathering of community members at 7th Street Public Market in Uptown and Vin Master in Atherton Mill.
The sidewalk murals are just a few of several art installations that dot the Queen City’s Rail Trail. The 4.5-mile paved path follows the LYNX Blue Line light rail from 7th Street Station in Uptown through South End to New Bern Station and connects the neighborhoods of Sedgefield, Southside Park, Brookhill, Dilworth, Wilmore, South End and Uptown.
This article ran in the July 2016 issue of Happenings Magazine.
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