New mural adds to Lexington’s diverse streetscape

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A new mural has bee unveiled in downtown Lexington, adding to the city’s already diverse streetscape.

The new mural from East End resident Ciara LeRoy is located just east of Broadway on Short Street.

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The mural was sponsored

Ciara LeRoy/Twitter

and fully funded by LexPark, the Lexington Parking Authority, with organizational assistance from PRHBTN.

The mural is located between Savane Silver and Creaux on Short Street and its prominent placement is befitting of its strong message.

The strikingly beautiful mural states “Despite the Atrocities of History. Despite the Perils of the Present. Despite the Unknown of My Future. My Black is Beautiful, Unapologetic, Innovative, Resilient, and It Matters.  Black Lives Matter”

LeRoy, who also goes by the artistic name Pretty Strange, is a native Ohioan but has lived in Lexington for more than a decade.

She works as an independent artist specializing in hand lettering, illustration, murals, and embroidery.

In 2017, she started her creative firm Pretty Strange Design, with a mission to make bold, beautiful, and offbeat creations that inject imagination into everyday life.

Her goal is to make work that is well-crafted and aesthetically pleasing, but also deeply thoughtful and socially conscious. She is passionate about connecting art with community development and using creativity to build bridges and explore deeper questions.

PRHBTN is an annual celebration of art forms that have been criminalized, marginalized, and under-appreciated in the mainstream, featuring public murals alongside an exhibition of street art works in a space that complements the raw, powerful nature of the message and artistry of each piece.