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Local artists transforming eyesore in downtown Mobile

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Artists painting a mural on a rundown building in downtown Mobile (WALA). Artists painting a mural on a rundown building in downtown Mobile (WALA).

Doing what they do best, local artists group "Red Cup Revolt" is transforming an eyesore in downtown Mobile into a work of art. 

"We really just wanted to show our work on a larger scale and kind of beautify Mobile a bit," said DeAnthony Dulaney, artist.

Over the last few weeks, we've seen a tribute to the King of Pop take shape, along with Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, and Curt Cobain. 

The owner of the building wants to eventually open a music venue. After meeting the group during a monthly Art Walk, he gave them full artistic freedom as long as they keep it music related. 

Noelle Goodson immediately thought of Bob Marley. 

"He's just one of my favorite musical artists, one of my favorite activists," said Goodson.

Then there's the octopus that's a lot like the artist. 

"Just a person who wears a lot of hats. The octopus has a lot of arms. There's going to be two turn tables at the bottom, there's going to be some music production equipment, He's going to be performing, He's going to be break-dancing with the one arm," said Conz 8,000, artist.

They use acrylic and spray paint. Each artist has their own technique.  

"I use a lot of colors, but I also blend a lot of colors. I create different shades and change a lot of things up. I also go back and add shadows," said Goodson. 

"I use a lot of spray paint. A lot of times I like for it to just drip down. Then I go back and clean it up," said Conz 8,000.

Like any artists they want their work to be seen. People walking and driving on downtown Dauphin Street are not only seeing it, but they're like it.

"It's awesome! It gives them something positive to do... and gives everybody something great to look at," said Zachary Cogdill.

The artists are grateful for the opportunity -- to not only give back but inspire. 

"Just being able to have my art on the streets of Mobile and showing the city what we have," said Conz 8,000.

And what they have are lots more ideas to share. 

"They want us to do more in Mobile. Actually they ask us all the time if we are going to do more down here... and we tell them yeah if they let us," said Dulaney.

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