D.C. mural project celebrates 50th creation

WASHINGTON (NewsChannel 8/AP) – District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray helped unveil a new mural at a city aquatic facility near Eastern Market.

The mural at the entrance of the William H. Rumsey Aquatic Facility was unveiled Thursday. The city says a trapeze school performed, and there was also face painting, animal balloons, cotton candy and music.

The new mural by artist Aniekan Udofia is part of the MuralsDC program through the Department of Public Works.

Udofia had just one week to complete his masterpiece, which young camper Travis Jones said looked like “a dolphin mixed with a mermaid swimming.”

“It came out better than what I thought it would be,” Udofia said of his eighth creation with MuralsDC. “To go from illustration to painting on walls was a bit challenging, but it was worth the challenge.”

Since 2007, MuralsDC has transformed graffiti-tagged walls and brightened up other neighborhoods.

Udofia hopes his work touches young hearts and minds across the District.

“It brings the magic that expands your imagination,” he said.

Over the summer, six other murals will pop up across the D.C.