- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Los Angeles-based artist is putting the finishing touches on a 68-foot-long mural outside a musical instrument store in Lansing.

The colorful, custom mural by Jennifer Springman is an ode to classical stringed instruments and the city’s Old Town district, Lansing State Journal (https://on.lsj.com/1fYN4qK ) reported. It features electric and classical guitars, a banjo, a ukulele and design touches that evoke Old Town’s signs, the Brenke Fish Ladder and the state Capitol Building.

Stan Werbin, founder and president of Elderly Instruments, was looking for a way to spruce up the exterior of his business. He commissioned Springman, his niece, to paint the mural on a building near his store’s showroom.

“Knowing Jen and what she can do, I knew I was going to get something really nice,” Werbin said Friday. “But I didn’t understand how nice it would actually be.”

Springman completed the design last fall and started painting June 7 with the help of several Elderly Instruments employees.

“I realized this was more than a one-person job very quickly,” she said. “Everything with this project has taken four times longer than I expected.”

Local residents have been extremely supportive of Springman’s work, and some of them have even brought her smoothies and cake, she said.

It’s the first mural for Springman, a painter and graphic artist by trade, since high school. “Doing this project is like the best of all worlds,” she said.

An unveiling ceremony is set to take place Tuesday afternoon.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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