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Paint day gives chance for residents to contribute to mural coming soon to Cottman and Frankford.

A community effort: Mural artist David Guinn speaks to residents Sunday about his design for the mural to be painted at Cottman and Frankford avenues. JACK TOMCZUK / TIMES PHOTO

Families crowded into a room Saturday afternoon at the Mayfair Community Center to contribute to a mural that will soon be installed at Cottman and Frankford avenues.

At the direction of artist David Guinn and representatives from the Mural Arts Program, they painted on cloth panels that were imprinted with the mural’s design.

It wasn’t just a fun exercise. The panels, made of a material called parachute cloth, will actually be pasted onto the wall next to the Hertz at the southeastern corner of the busy intersection and become the mural.

Residents used black paint to fill in portions of the panels, and Guinn and his team will add the color once it’s up on the wall.

Guinn, who designed the mural, said it was great to see so many kids pitching in to help at the community paint day.

Blaise Watkins, 8, of Mayfair, paints alongside Lauren Atwell. JACK TOMCZUK / TIMES PHOTO

“The turnout is awesome,” he said. “Sometimes, not that many people come, so we don’t know what to expect.”

Guinn’s design depicts a typical rowhouse block in Mayfair behind a splash of color. It’s expected the mural will be completed by the end of April.

The project is being funded by Sixth District Councilman Bobby Henon’s Office and Mural Arts.

“It’s going to be a spectacular mural at Frankford and Cottman,” Henon said in an interview. “I love the design. I think it’s extremely creative.”

Henon said Guinn’s mural is the first of many that will be coming to the Frankford Avenue corridor. The idea is to create a “mural mile” in Mayfair to symbolize the neighborhood’s new energy, he said. ••

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