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New mural in Houma is a sign of post-Ida unity, resiliency

Chris Stevens and Amanda Percle-Stevens install the mural in downtown Houma Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Houma Courier-Thibodaux Daily Comet/Kezia Setyawan)

Two artists in a Louisiana city recovering from Hurricane Ida have installed a mural to symbolize the unity of local residents after the storm.

Posted: Oct 16, 2021 4:17 PM

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Two artists in a Louisiana city recovering from Hurricane Ida have installed a mural to symbolize the unity of local residents after the storm.

Amanda Percle-Stevens and her husband Chis Stevens installed the mural Tuesday in downtown Houma, the Courier reported. They used bright pink, green, yellow and blue paints and large interlocking parts, fitting like puzzle pieces, to form the work of art, which includes the word “commUNITY” in big, bold letters.

The 18-by-20-foot mural took about 30 hours of work. It is downtown, on Houma’s Main Street.

“Initially, as a photographer, I naturally wanted to capture the destruction and the change in our landscape. However, the wreckage is not what defines my hometown or its people. Unity does,” Percle-Stevens said.

Panels were donated by state Rep. Beryl Amedee of Gray and her husband, Terrebonne Parish Councilman John Amedee.

“Beryl and I believe that music and the arts have to continue on. I mean, it’s our culture. So anything that we can do and help that, we do,” John Amedee said.

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