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July 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM

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LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle resident Jim Sykes paints an elephant as fellow volunteer Emma Mitchell, 14, goes for more supplies while they work Sunday on artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design, "Animal Silhouettes," which covers about a 200-foot span of an underpass on North 63rd Street at Aurora Avenue North. Previously, a mural painted in the 1990s decorated both sides of the underpass, but it was covered with so much graffiti that in 2012 it was removed. Soon after, Kerry Fowler, an area resident who wanted to bring a mural back, began organizing a community effort to paint a new one. Fowler said several community businesses have helped donate toward the $5,000 needed to match money from Seattle's Neighborhood Matching Fund, while dozens of residents came to help paint over the weekend. "The community really stepped up," he said. The committee in charge of the mural has agreed to maintain it for five years, and a graffiti-resistant coating will be applied.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Karen Yoshitomi, who found out about the project from flyers posted near her home, makes brushstrokes along the silhouette of a person pushing a stroller.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Wendy Jones, left, paints in a runner as Jan Gray and organizer Kerry Fowler swap out a tray of paint as they work on painting artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design, "Animal Silhouettes."

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Susan Stewart paints in the edge of an elk's mouth.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

People work on painting artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design.

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