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