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To order this photo, go to http://photos.azdailysun.comCy Wagoner, a member of the Black Sheep Art Collective, uses special acrylic mural paint Thursday afternoon to put the finishing touches on a community mural on the north wall of Flag Tee Factory on South Mike''s Place. (Betsey Bruner/Arizona Daily Sun)

"What Flows Beneath Our Feet," a colorful collaborative mural project, reaches completion today on South Mike's Pike in Southside, complete with a celebration today at 4 p.m. at the site.

The 10-by-30-foot mural is the result of a three-day community mural training earlier this month during which participants who were urged to "Take your stories to the wall."

The workshop was facilitated by Dave Loewenstein and conducted at the new Darwin's Downtown Greenhouse community space.

The mural training focused on the design process and was sponsored by the Black Sheep Art Collective, the Urban Lifeways Project, and the Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities and the Program in Community, Culture and Environment, both at NAU.

"The design itself was a result of the mural workshop; this is the tangible result of that," said Brett Ramey, project director for the Urban Lifeways Project. "This is about the historic alignment for Route 66 , and there's a primary tributary of the Rio de Flag flowing though here."

The mural has other cultural elements, such as Lady Guadalupe coming out of lava rock and a field of golden growing corn.

The mural also shows elements that are underground.

"All these things are bubbling below the history in Flagstaff," Ramey said.

A team of up to 30 artists have been painting the mural, using vibrant acrylic art paint designed for wood, plaster and masonry and ordered online from California.

Cy Wagoner with Black Sheep Art Collective came up with the final design by incorporating all the designs workshop participants created.

"Overall, it's come together really well," Wagoner said. "It was really great to see all these beautiful designs. They can all be murals themselves. We have to come together with an overall sketch, to speak one story."

Initial mural work has also been done on the wall of the Basque handball court on South San Francisco, Ramey said.

The Mike's Pike mural may be the first of many.

"It's one of what we hope will be several samples of how the community can come together through the medium of public art," Ramey said.

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