Hoping to spread kindness through Louisville, a local business owner and a Superior neighbor teamed up to paint a mural and spread a positive message.
Bryce Young, owner of Precision Pours on South Boulder Road, began searching for an artist earlier this year to help him create a specific project.
Young said he went to Austin, Texas, with his family and was inspired by all the different murals on the buildings.
“There was a lot of culture and the messages were always positive,” Young said.
He said posts on social media began to turn negative and he felt like he needed to step up and put an end to it.
He said he saw the Louisville Cultural Council had a grant available for artists or organizations that serve the community.
“I’m not an art person,” Young said. “So, I went out there and I surveyed people as well as in the Facebook groups.”
He said his goal was to create something which would bring the community together, which is when he found Superior resident Dani Bondurant .
“I saw his post and I was intimidated by it,” Bondurant said. “But, he said he was looking for someone who focuses their art on kindness, love and positivity. My art brand is all about that. I thought, I’m going to go for it and message him and see what happens.”
From there, Young said he liked her messages and together they came up with the concept of an interactive mural outside his shop.
The mural has a bright blue sky with different color heart-shaped balloons, where people can take photos and look like they’re a part of the picture. It’s message is to Be Kind.
“We wanted it to be a mural you could see from the road, something that people could interact with, take some photos, post on social media and spread the ripple effect of kindness,” Bondurant said.
The pair also came up with a hashtag #BeKindLouisville they hope people use when posting photos.
While the mural took a few months to plan out, the pair didn’t realize how much of an effect it would have in today’s world with the coronavirus pandemic.
“We planned this back in January before we knew what could happen,” Bondurant said. “Now it’s almost like it was meant to be in the sense that we need it more now than ever. We just need to take care of each, to be good to our fellow human beings, and let each other know we’re not alone and that we support each other. It feels really relevant right now.”
Young said the mural is scheduled to change every six months, but the messaging will be similar.
The mural can be found outside of Precision Pours at 1030 E. South Boulder Road in Louisville.