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'Bloom' mural bringing message of hope to girls in East Bakersfield

Bloom Mural East Bakersfield
Bloom Mural East Bakersfield
Bloom Mural East Bakersfield
Bloom Mural East Bakersfield
Bloom Mural East Bakersfield
Bloom Mural East Bakersfield
Bloom Mural East Bakersfield
Bloom Mural East Bakersfield
Posted at 8:47 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 23:48:41-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Under a noisy overpass in East Bakersfield, one message rings louder than anything else.

"No matter who they are, no matter where they live that they can be whatever they want to be," said City Councilman Andrae Gonzales.

That message is now linked to a new mural titled "Bloom" displayed on the overpass on Beale Avenue. Gonzales said this project is meant to send a message of hope and empowerment to the women and young girls of East Bakersfield.

The mural was commissioned by The Hub of Bakersfield and the Arts Council of Kern, depicts a colorful array of blooming flowers, as well as portraits of local girls who have worked in the community on neighborhood projects. The mural was painted by local artists Brandon Thompson and Jennifer Williams-Cordova.