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‘Larger than life’ Clemente mural going up at museum

Paul Guggenheimer
Outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team Roberto Clemente is shown, 1967. (AP Photo)
Artist Kyle Holbrook of Point Breeze, creates a mural depicting August Wilson and ten of his plays on the side of the Black Beauty’s Lounge building along Centre Avenue in the Hill District Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Holbrook has been working with local teens with his MLK (Moving the Lives of Kids) Community Mural Project since 2002, creating 350 murals throughout the area.

What better place to have a “larger than life” Roberto Clemente painting than at the Clemente Museum.

The museum is partnering with local artist Kyle Holbrook to paint a mural on the side of the Roberto Clemente Museum on Friday, June 21 beginning at 10 a.m.

Holbrook’s mural painting style encourages community members to participate in the painting process with him. The museum is holding a weekend of festivities that are free and open to the public.

Pittsburgh youth will participate in the painting process alongside Holbrook from 10 a.m. to noon on that Friday morning. From 3 to 8 p.m. the public is encouraged to take part in the mural painting.

The Clemente Museum is housed inside of Engine House 25, a restored 1800s firehouse that sits in between Pittsburgh’s Strip District and Lawrenceville neighborhood on Penn Avenue. It contains many objects, images and memorabilia from throughout Clemente’s life.

The museum’s mission is to preserve and educate about the legacy of Clemente who played for the Pirates for 18 seasons. He died tragically in a plane crash attempting to bring supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua on New Year’s Eve in 1972.

Paul Guggenheimer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected].

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