Highland residents and officials gathered on November 2 to officially welcome Highland’s first mural, a giant postcard featuring highlights and landmarks of the community. Owners of Odds and Ins Resale and Consignment Shop, Paul and Kathy Mika donated the south wall of their business to the art project, and snipped the red ribbon to mark the occasion. The store is located at 144 South Milford Road in Highland.
Artist, Zach Curtis of Pontiac created the mural using low and high pressure acrylic spray paints and various spray tips. He told the crowd that he has appreciated the support from people who stopped by to offer compliments, thumbs up and car honks, “although the honks were a bit jarring” when he was on top of his tall ladder.
Curtis is a well known mural artist who says his next project will be a memorial for the victims of the Oxford High School shooting last year.
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) secured two grants to help cover the cost of the mural. Spirit of Main Street for $2,000 and Flagstar Bank/Main Street Oakland County $2,500.00. According to the DDA other art installations are under consideration for the Highland DDA District.
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