Mural Unveiled at Aldo Leopold School - WBAY

Mural Unveiled at Aldo Leopold School

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The gym at Aldo Leopold Community School in Green Bay is more colorful, thanks to a former student and his love for graffiti art.

Monday, students got their first look at the mural-- the school's name across the back of the gym in a style known as graffiti art.

"I like the fade, the yellow then orange to darker orange," said student Josue Hilario.

"I thought it was really cool and interesting how he added the vines, showed broken walls and used students ideas to put into it," added student Sofia Jerrett.

The artist is a former student who fell in love with art at Aldo Leopold.

"I came to painting walls through graffiti art. I got into a little bit of trouble as a kid. I turned myself around and did something positive with it," explained Beau Thomas.

Thomas is now an art major at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and has his own painting business.

His former art teacher contacted him to teach kids about graffiti art and brain storm ideas for a mural.

"I'm always trying to get the kids to see art is all around them and to see this could be a possible career choice for them," said Sara Tlachac.

Thomas worked on the mural over the school's spring break using an electric lift and spray paint.

It took 60 hours over seven days to finish.

"A lot of people look at graffiti art and think it's bad. Hopefully they'll look at this and say it's good," Thomas said.

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