Mural Ribbon Cutting for Elmira Community Cycle
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A mural ribbon cutting took place at Elmira Community Cycle this afternoon, in Elmira.
Artist Filomena Jack worked with workers at Elmira Community Cycle and volunteers to paint the mural.
“Community Cycle came to our community and opened up a space where we can fix our bikes,” she said. “But they were having trouble getting people to understand where they were. So, we thought, 'Let's put some art on a wall.'”
Jack wanted to take on this project to show people that Elmira has a lot to offer to the community.
“I want them to feel...that they belong here,” she said. “I want them to know that there's a lot of beautiful, wonderful, positive things happening in Elmira and this was painted with the community. So, it wasn't just me. I designed it but then we all came together and painted it.”
Volunteer Tara Escudero, with Elmira Community Cycle, said the bike shop reached out to Community Arts of Elmira to get the mural painted for their shop. Escudero met Jack when she came into the shop to fix up her bike, a few months ago.
Escudero said she knew Jack would be the perfect person to bring color to their business.
“She painted, like, the bones of the mural and we filled it in and it was a lot of fun,” she said. “We're just really grateful to have something that shows what we're about and to get some attention and just...some really nice art to look at.”
Escudero said she believes Elmira is a nice place to live. She wanted Jack show off the beauty of the town -- and bring attention to biking.
“I would love, obviously, for the community to engage with our programming, to get bicycles, to ride bicycles, to make this community safer, and healthier...and just more fun,” she said. “I also want people to say, 'Hey, here's a need. I can do this here.'”