The City of Lawrenceville is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the "Lawrenceville Blooms" community mural in Downtown Lawrenceville. This artistic endeavor, brought to life by the Lawrenceville Arts Commission (LAC) and local artist Teresa Abboud, serves as a symbol of unity and diversity in the heart of the city. The mural's completion marks a significant milestone, showcasing the power of community collaboration and the flourishing arts scene in Lawrenceville.
"The 'Lawrenceville Blooms' mural is not just a remarkable work of art; it's a reflection of the vibrant community we have built here in Lawrenceville,” said Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington. “The completion of this mural is a testament to what we can achieve when we come together as a community."
Located at the intersection of Jackson Street and Buford Drive, the 1,867-square-foot mural project has been in progress since December 2022. The project began with an open call urging local artists to submit designs and after careful deliberation, the Arts Commission recommended Teresa Abboud as the finalist for the project. The City Council voted to approve the proposed artwork at their April 17 meeting.
"The 'Lawrenceville Blooms' mural project has been a labor of love and an embodiment of the inclusive spirit of our city,” said Aura-Leigh Sanders, Chair of the Lawrenceville Arts Commission. “It is a collaborative effort that has not only brightened our streets but also the hearts of all who contributed. Our hope is that this mural continues to inspire and cultivate budding artists in our community.”
The painting portion officially kicked off September 5 with Abboud creating a playful outline, revealing the art that would soon cover the blank wall. Community members of all ages joined in the following weeks, adding their mark on “Lawrenceville Blooms.” Their artistic contributions were the heart and soul of this project, reflecting the strength of unity within Lawrenceville.
Abboud poured over 300 hours into this project throughout September and October to make “Lawrenceville Blooms” come to life. Working diligently to capture the City's vibrant spirit, Abboud committed her weekdays to completing the community mural. She finished off the mural on October, 19 with an anti-graffiti clear top coat to protect it from the elements and simplify cleaning.
"Painting this mural alongside the Lawrenceville community has been a heartwarming experience,” said artist Teresa Abboud. “As I worked, people passing by would honk, wave, and share their excitement. My hope is that in some small way, this mural has sparked inspiration in the hearts of those who witnessed its creation. Art has the power to connect us and inspire us, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of that process."
With the mural's completion, we invite all to visit “Lawrenceville Blooms.” This beautiful artwork is a colorful welcome to Downtown Lawrenceville, inviting residents and visitors to immerse themselves in a living gallery of art that celebrates the community's rich diversity and creative vitality. Come, explore, and be a part of the vibrant art scene that truly makes Lawrenceville "Come Alive."
For a behind-the-scenes look at "Lawrenceville Blooms," tune in to our exclusive interview with Teresa Abboud and Aura-Leigh Sanders on YouTube. For additional information about the City of Lawrenceville and Teresa Abboud, visit their websites and follow each on social media.