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Photos: 6th annual Kids' Mural takes shape in Anchorage

Children sketch outlines for a mural they will paint on Elmore Road in south Anchorage on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual Kids Mural, organized by artist Cheryl Chesnut.
Photo by Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
Artist Cheryl Chesnut helps Eva Lunoe, 7, sketch out her ideas for the Kids Mural on Elmore Road on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual painting of the public mural.
Photo by Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
Children paint a mural in the rain on Elmore Road in south Anchorage on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual Kids Mural, organized by artist Cheryl Chesnut.
Photo by Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
Eva Lunoe, 7, left, and Garrett Gross, 8, sketch outlines for a mural they will paint on Elmore Road in south Anchorage on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual Kids Mural, organized by artist Cheryl Chesnut.
Photo by Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
Artist Cheryl Chesnut helps Milo Kornmesser 7, sketch out his ideas for the Kids Mural on Elmore Road on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual painting of the public mural.
Photo by Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
From left, Jack McCaslin, 13, Eva Lunoe, 7, Garrett Gross, 8, and Wyatt Kornmesser, 9 sketch outlines for a mural they will paint on Elmore Road in south Anchorage on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual Kids Mural, organized by artist Cheryl Chesnut.
Photo by Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
Lisa Gross helps Wyatt Kornmesser, 9, mix paint for his section of the Kids Mural on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual Kids Mural, organized by artist Cheryl Chesnut.
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Lars Lunoe, 7, searches for the perfect shade of blue to complete his section of the Kids Mural on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual Kids Mural, organized by artist Cheryl Chesnut.
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Eva Lunoe, 7, Garrett Gross, 8, Wyatt Kornmesser, 9 and Lars Lunoe, 7, work on painting the Kids Mural on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual Kids Mural, organized by artist Cheryl Chesnut.
Photo by Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
Eva Lunoe, 7, paints a tree on the Kids Mural on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual Kids Mural, organized by Lunoe’s grandma, artist Cheryl Chesnut.
Photo by Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
From left, Eva Lunoe, 7, Garrett Gross, 8, Wyatt Kornmesser, 9, Cheryl Chesnut, Emily Lunoe, Lars Lunoe, 7, and Denali McCaslin, 14 paint the Kids Mural on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual Kids Mural, organized by artist Cheryl Chesnut.
Photo by Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
From left, Eva Lunoe, 7, Garrett Gross, 8, and Wyatt Kornmesser, 9, paint the Kids Mural on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This is the sixth annual Kids Mural, organized by artist Cheryl Chesnut.
Photo by Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News
Loren Holmes

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Kids' Mural, a public art installation on Elmore Road in South Anchorage. Despite a wet, rainy day, seven kids came out Wednesday to paint a colorful jungle scene.

A white tent kept the 15-foot-long mural dry.

The young participants sketched out their ideas on paper first, and then translated them into pencil outlines on the mural.

Artist Cheryl Chesnut organized the project, located south of Jupiter Drive near her home studio in south Anchorage. "Take a step back and see how it looks from the sidewalk," she said, encouraging her young artists to draw bigger animals.

Within an hour, colorful paint was being spread out over the mural, and by noon the jungle was clearly taking shape.

Contact Loren Holmes at loren@alaskadispatch.com.