Addonis Parker Restores Purvis Young's "Everyday Life" Mural in Overtown (Photos)
|Addonis Parker stands in front of a panel of Purvis Young's "Everyday Life" on the Overtown/Culmer Library|
He muralized the Overtown/Culmer Library with a work called "Everyday Life" in 1984. According to the Miami Dade Library Art Service's department, he repainted it in 1991. And now, 21 years later, Addonis Parker has stepped up to the dead man's brush strokes for restorative therapy on the sun-, bullet-, and weather-beaten walls.
Parker first stepped up to the challenge in 2010 with the City of Miami's groundbreaking on a $10 million dollar renewal project for Gibson Park, where the library is located.
Today, the restoration has finally begun. Here's what it looks like in its very early stages. Below is the wall that faces NW Third Ave. The entire background is re-energized with a new coat of yellow housepaint (Young was a housepaint artist), and the lower right quadrant sees restored figures.