BRIDGEPORT — For the past week, the front doors of First Lutheran Church of the Trinity have been grabbing the attention of walkers and drivers rolling down 31st Street.
The bright colors and striking images of the church’s new mural are hard to miss.
With the help of Chicago artist Dawn Korman, about a dozen children from the church’s day camp conjured up the idea behind the mural, which features a towering tree, a red banner outstretched by two floating doves, a lion mingling with a lamb, explosive sun beams and a school of colorful fish swimming in the sea.
Earlier this summer, the day camp children brainstormed ideas for the mural with Korman, who drew the original sketch on a chalkboard.
The day camp’s summer theme served as the mural’s inspiration: “For the peace of the whole world.” That’s why the children wanted to have a tree and symbols of peace, including a cross and peace sign.
After a week of talking out the mural, Korman took the ideas home and prepared to transfer a sketch to the church’s front doors.
Day camp children then put primer on the door, preparing a Korman’s canvas.
After Korman painted the bulk of the mural, the children came back and added the colorful sea of fish. The kids will soon write their names inside the fish — their very own artist signatures.
The mural seems to be a hit in the neighborhood, according to Rene Paquin, the church’s community engagement coordinator.
“We had a person come into the church just because of the mural,” she said.
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