Jack­son 5 mu­ral up in home­town

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

A graf­fiti artist has cre­ated a four-story mu­ral hon­or­ing The Jack­son 5 in the group’s home­town of Gary, Ind.

The city com­mis­sioned lo­cal artist Felix “Flex” Mal­don­ado Jr. and his as­sis­tant, Omar “OMS” Marin, to paint the mu­ral on the side of a va­cant build­ing. The black-and- white art­work fea­tures all five mem­bers, in­clud­ing late pop su­per­star Michael Jack­son. The artists used hy­draulic lifts to paint the nearly 200-foot-by-200foot mu­ral. It took them about two weeks.

The mu­ral is about 2 miles from the Jack­son fam­ily home in Gary.

The Times news­pa­per in north­west In­di­ana re­ports that Mal­don­ado painted a sim­i­lar but much smaller mu­ral in an­other Gary neigh­bor­hood, and it was very pop­u­lar. Tif­fany Tol­bert of In­di­ana Land­marks says peo­ple are con­stantly stop­ping to take photos of it.

“Bev­erly Hills, 90210” cast mem­bers paid trib­ute to ail­ing costar Shan­nen Do­herty, who is be­ing treated for breast can­cer and didn’t take part in a “90210” re­u­nion panel in Chicago over the weekend. Luke Perry, whose char­ac­ter had an on-screen ro­mance with Do­herty’s, told the au­di­ence Satur­day that Do­herty was “a very big part of the suc­cess of the show.”

Ac­tor Ed As­ner is 87. Ac­tor Sam Water­ston is 76. Ac­tress Bev­erly D’An­gelo is 65. Ac­tress Shai­lene Wood­ley is 25.

CAR­RIE NAPOLEON/GARY POST-TRI­BUNE

Felix “Flex” Mal­don­ado Jr. works on a nearly 200-foot-tall Jack­son 5 mu­ral in Gary, Ind.

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