The City of Charlotte’s placemaking program has created an engaging mural for a blank wall facing Idlewild Road and Rama.  Partnering with MoRA, the city and Charlotte Water, the OBRA Art Collective designed a mural titled “Tapestry”, capturing the richness of Charlotte and its immigrant communities.

The design, informed by a series of community input sessions, combines fabric patterns and vivid illustrations of plants and birds of different countries and ethnicities, all represented in Charlotte.

“This mural embodies what is incredible about Charlotte and demonstrates what is possible when we engage community members through placemaking,” said Rachel Stark, project coordinator with the city’s Urban Design Center. “Together, we’ve beautified an unused space and created a point of pride for residents.”

It’s one of seven projects through the city’s CLT250 Placemaking Program debuting in 2019. The city will continue the placemaking program in 2020. Residents are encouraged to contribute ideas.

Visit to learn more about Tapestry and the placemaking program.

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