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Mural features Obama, girl who asked him to visit Flint

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

It’s been three weeks since President Barack Obama made his trip to Flint to assess the water crisis, but an artist is making his presence permanent.

Nestled in the 1700 block of N. Saginaw Street, a section of Flint infamous for its blight, is a mural.

When it's finished, it will resemble Mari Copeny, also known as ‘Little Miss Flint,’ the 8year-old girl whose letter to the White House inspired the first visit of President Barack Obama during Flint's water crisis.

The artist behind the mural is Kevin Burdick.

"The inspiration is Little Miss Flint delivering the letter to President Obama in Washington when they did the hearings on the water crisis,” Burdick said.

In the midst of visible disrepair within inches, Burdick is shaking things up through his art.  

With several cans of spray paint at his command, the modern day Vincent van Gogh is putting the finishing touches on his latest creation.

However, he wants people to transform their immediate thoughts of the neighborhood to a positive alternative through art as a means of change.

“You know, one of the roughest buildings here on Saginaw Street into something worth looking at instead of turning your eye away to make you want to look at it,” Burdick said.

One woman whose goal is to beautify Flint's blight one block at a time is Sandra Branch, the creator of Gallery on the Go. It was through her efforts that artist's like Burdick volunteer their talents.

With a small grant from the Flint art's council, Branch has been able to see her dream come true in living colors.

“This mural is through the eyes of a child if I were a superhero, and she's our little superhero,” Branch said.

How does Little Miss Flint like the artwork of herself and the president?

“It’s fantastic. I love it,” Copeny said. 

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