Riverfront Fort Wayne invites community to paint beach balls

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): More than 200 painted beach balls will decorate some of Fort Wayne’s downtown bridges this summer — and one of them could be painted by you.

Riverfront Fort Wayne will host the Faces of Fort Wayne community project that is a loosely modeled after a Los Angeles project, according to the city of Fort Wayne.

Community members, senior citizens, veterans, people with disabilities and children are invited to paint beach balls of three different sizes that will hang from the bridges.

On Wednesday, the beach balls will be blown up and given base coats of paint at Wunderkammer Company.

Community artists will later lead art sessions and help guide participants to paint the beach balls.

The beach balls will hang from the Ewing Street Bridge, Historic Wells Street Bridge, Harrison Street Bridge and Columbia Street Bridge on June 28 or 29. The beach balls will then float on the St. Mary’s River from the Ewing Street Bridge to the confluence beginning June 30.

The community is invited to celebrate the installation of the art project from 6 to 8 p.m. June 30 at the Historic Wells Street Bridge.

The schedule of the art sessions hasn’t been finalized.

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