By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Those who fly private airplanes to Tupelo will be greeted by a mural celebrating the city’s history, thanks to the work of three Tupelo High School seniors.
Students Caid Franks, Jocelyn Topp and Larkin Hudson completed the painting for their senior project. It now hangs at Tupelo Aviation Unlimited, which serves private and corporate jets and airplanes.
“We are all artists, and we thought it would be a good way to give back to the community and show our artistic talents,” Larkin said.
The three spent about 25 hours each completing the project, which features images of City Hall, the Tupelo Automobile Museum, Elvis, the TVA sign and the Natchez Trace, among others. It is about 8.5 feet wide and 3.5 feet tall. Their mentor was THS art teacher Anna Garner.
“It shows what Tupelo is all about,” said David Smith, general manager at Tupelo Aviation. “…For a lot of people who come here, their first impression of the city of Tupelo is right here.”
Jocelyn said she benefited from the opportunity to work with a business and also learned about working in a group and time management.
“It was a lot bigger than anything we’ve done,” Caid said.