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Artist hopes to “Show-You” history of Columbia City

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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - New York-based artist Shawn Dunwoody has returned to Northeast Indiana for Mural Fest.

Dunwoody has had artwork displayed in downtown Fort Wayne, and this week, he's in Columbia City.

Dunwoody is one of eleven artists installing murals in Northeast Indiana counties.

His project in Columbia City recognizes the creator of the "Show-You" soy sauce company, who called the city "home" for many years.

He hopes the mural will highlight the area's roots to Japan, while also showing you what's special about the city.

"When I approach a mural I try to do my research on the community. I try to hang out, because it's not really so much about what or how cool I can create, it's really about how the community engages with it, adopts it and owns it for themselves. After I'm gone, this belongs to the neighborhoods and residents and businesses here. And I want them to feel connected to it and proud of what they have," said Dunwoody.

Dunwoody says he's grateful to expand his connections in Northeast Indiana and that the community has been inviting during his stay.

Krista Miller

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