Batesville Coca Cola mural gets fresh coat of paint from art students

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BATESVILLE, Ark. – Some art students in Independence County are leaving their marks on an outdoor canvas of historical interest. 

The Coca Cola mural was originally painted in the late 20s or early 30s and now the main street mural in downtown Batesville is getting a fresh coat of paint. 

Associate professor of art at Lyon College Dystyn Bork says they began their projects last fall and started adding murals around Batesville. 

And now they’re painting the town red. 

“It’s really neat to see them add something that’s going to be permanent. To see themselves leaving their mark here and the community has been really supportive because of that visibility of working on the murals locally in Batesville and we’ve had a lot of commissions pop up and this was one of them,” says Dustyn Bork.

The 30 by 90-foot project includes the Sprite boy on the mural and Bork said it’s the oldest Sprite mascot in a mural. 

The paint project should be completed by the end of next week. 

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