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One man works to clean up Baton Rouge with graffiti

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BATON ROUGE - The giant murals popping up on buildings in Old South Baton Rouge are the work of Kevin Harris and his army of graffiti writers from around the world.

"They're excited to come, not necessarily for the money, per se, but just to be able to expand their vision and their expression," Harris said.  "They don't consider this as a job, it's something they like to do. And it helps us and the community at the same time."

Harris, an orthodontist by day, took an interest in street art in 2012.  He was investigating a potential canvas on the side of the old Lincoln Theatre, when he noticed a vacant building across the street which happened to be owned by a friend.

It evolved into the Museum of Public Art, home to works by prominent graffiti writers like Chorboogie and Odeith, the latter of whom recently completed a new mural in Baton Rouge.

Odeith, who hails from Portugal, says he hopes kids in the community become inspired to create their own art.

"We'd like to bring kids in to learn how to paint, we'd like to have projects, mural painting projects," said Harris.  "Right now we're doing the best we can with the resources we have. But, you know, if people that have more resources than we do, would step forward, it would help this expand and grow and we could do greater things."

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