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Rochester In Focus: Local artist sends powerful message through interactive art

Emily Putnam
Created: June 28, 2020 10:00 AM

You've probably seen some of Shawn Dunwoody's eye-catching murals around town. Many of them feature messages of hope and inspiration.

He recently added a couple more public pieces to the downtown Rochester landscape, including painting "BLACK LIVES MATTER" in large letters on Court Street (which sits adjacent to Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square), painting the word "Enough" on a building on Broadway, and painting the bowl at MLK park black so the public could add their own messages in chalk. All three pieces are commentaries on our coutry's current climate following the death of George Floyd last month. 

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News10NBC's Deanna Dewberry talked with him about his work as an artist, and his mission as an activist. Dunwoody left us with this message "I just hope that everyone in this uncertain time has that moment -- take a breath. Sometimes you can't breathe, take that breath. But move forward and do what you can to help your world."


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