What was once graffiti is now a work of art.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Walls that used to be covered in graffiti are now murals giving people in the community something beautiful to look at.

“Art is that imaginative friend that basically understands you,” said Michael Crowne.

Crowne is one of the local artists who painted this mural, one of three in the mural graffiti program.

This is part of the City of Tallahassee’s vacant-to-dynamic project.

An initiative to brighten up the city; one color at a time.

Sarah Alfano works in the communications team for the City of Tallahassee.

She said she remembers when these murals were in progress, but nothing looks like the finished product.

“It looks so much more alive once it’s up there on a wall and really lights up the space,” Alfano said.

Alfano said this program uses graffiti tagged on city-owned walls as a catalyst to bring the community together to decide what should replace it.

“We work with the neighborhoods and they can take a look at the art that’s going to come up on them before it goes and gets painted there so it can be a part of the communities, whatever something they can be really proud of and something they can take advantage of,” Alfano said.

Alfano said she wants the community to experience art on a regular basis and it starts with their neighborhoods.

The art, Crowns told ABC 27, is something everyone can enjoy.

“No matter what color, no matter what race, no matter where you come from, it’s a universal language that transcends and translates to all,” Crowne said.

You can see the three murals on

  • High Road and Croydon Drive
  • Macomb Street between Call and Park
  • Macomb Street and Pensacola.

According to the City of Tallahassee, if you want to suggest the next wall design or know of a local artist who can create the next mural head, head over to the Graffiti to Murals program.

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