Louisville is about to welcome its largest mural when “The Story on Story Ave.” is unveiled on Tuesday in Butchertown. Commissioned by the JBS Swift Pork Co., the 5,000-square-foot piece was created by local artists Aron Conway and Tara “Remi” Remington.
The large, colorful mural covers two walls of a JBS warehouse on Story Avenue and depicts scenes and allusions to the neighborhood’s history, including nods to Thomas Edison, the 1937 flood, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Extreme Skate Park and even the meat-packing tradition of the area.
“Our employees are proud of the mural and hope the community enjoys it as much as we do,” said JBS general manager Pete Charboneau in a press release. “This mural is our tribute to Butchertown’s rich history, and we dedicate it to the bright future of the neighborhood.”
For a company known more for its bacon-makin’ stink than anything else, a commissioned public art piece for the neighborhood could be seen by some as a positive step forward.
Louisville Visual Art selected artists Conway and Remington for the project, and the duo has been creating public art together over the past 10 years.
The official dedication and unveiling of the mural will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at 1200 Story Ave.
As an added bonus, the nearby Butchertown Pizza Hall is hosting its grand opening celebration that same night, and it’ll be open right after the mural unveiling for a free pizza party from 1-3 p.m.