Railroad Overpass Murals

Work is now underway on large-scale murals that are transforming Russell’s railroad overpasses into signature neighborhood gateways.  A team comprised of Russell residents, Louisville Metro Government and Louisville Metro Housing Authority staff reviewed artist proposals and selected teams to create these original public art murals.

The artists highlighted below have already met with community representatives to collect input on their design concepts, which will be painted on the 14th Street Railroad Overpasses.

  • Victor Sweatt is bringing his signature painting style to the rail overpass at 14th and Magazine Streets. Sweatt’s mural design challenges us to “Make History” and features hand-painted portraits of Russell trailblazers who continue to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
  • Often Seen Rarely Spoken (OSRS) is a group of artists transforming the rail overpass at 14th and Chestnut Streets with their vivid designs. With bold lettering proclaiming “Louisville’s Harlem” and images of young dreamers, the murals are filled with Russell pride.
  • Via Studios designed the artwork at 14th and Madison Streets, and are working with OSRS to complete the immersive overpass murals. The Madison Street overpass will be a colorful, painted passageway with images representing dignity, community, wisdom, and strength.
  • Kacy Jackson (The Art of Kacy) is creating murals at 14th and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Jackson will brighten the overpass with fresh color and familiar faces and remind us all to “Dream Big.”

Artists and teams were selected to create original designs after submitting proposals in response to an open call for artists issued in 2017. Leading up to the mural painting, the project team has taken several steps including engaging community in the mural design process, photographic documentation of the current overpasses, an historic evaluation, and industrial cleaning of the spaces. The overpass murals will be completed by December 2019 and are funded through the HUD Choice Neighborhood Initiative Action Activities grant.

Muhammad Ali Boulevard Overpass Mural Design:

Chestnut Street Overpass Mural Design and Rendering:

Madison Street Overpass Mural Rendering:

Magazine Street Overpass Design: