Ferns growing inside a building that’s being renovated inspired a colorful new mural that was finished this week. Artist Kimberly Campbell returned briefly from her new home in the Pacific Northwest to create the mural at 314 N. Iowa Ave., just north of the Lakeland Police Department headquarters.
The former apartment building is on one of seven properties purchased last September by a company called FURC1 LLC that border the Mirrorton upscale apartment/townhouse development planned for 10 acres that were bought by the city and cleared a decade ago.
Investor Gregory Fancelli, who divides his time between Lakeland and Florence, Italy, earlier this week posted on Facebook a photo of the mural and his associate Brooke Agnini, whom he credited with arranging the mural.
The ferns that inspired the mural were growing on a carpet and nourished by a water leak inside the apartment, Agnini said.
The mural was welcomed by Alis Drumgo, interim director of the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency, which is coordinating with developers Framework Group of Tampa on the 10-acre Mirrorton project.
“I find it exciting that a mural is a part of the project. The CRA is looking for ways to extend art into public spaces, so having a neighbor take the initiative is a win,” Drumgo said. “Hopefully, this is just the start towards the revitalization of the north portion of our downtown.”
The indoor ferns that inspired the mural: