Here’s why these little birds popped up along downtown Dayton bridge

Jes McMillan's plan is going up with the birds.

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The owner of Crane Studio Market and founder of the nonprofit Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton along with a crew that includes Vincent DetrickIleana Del Campo-GrayKate Edmondson and Amy Dallis painted a mural on the train overpass near the intersection of  Keowee and First streets.

The mural features flying birds and the words: "East Dayton Arts District."

As we told you previously, McMillan hopes to market the area near the bridge, drawing attention to the art galleries and studios in the area.

The swath of Dayton bordered by East Monument Avenue, North Findlay Street, Xenia Avenue, Wayne Avenue and Webster Street includes Color of Energy Gallery, Missing Peace Art Space, Stivers School for the Arts, High Street Gallery, Crane Studios Market, TL Brown Photography, LLC, city wide studios, Gem City Catfe, Yellow Cab Tavern, Hamilton Dixon's studio, Dayton Society of Artists, Proto BuildBar, Marsha Pippenger's gallery and the Front Street Building and the Davis-Linden Building, both of which include numerous art studios and creative spaces.

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A recent winner of UpDayton’s Summit for her ideas for an opioid memorial, McMillan completed mural by late July.

The street near the bridge is blocked to vehicle traffic.

Funds for the project were donated by the East End Community Services and collected during a fundraiser at Fifth Street Brewpub, McMillan said.

“This is an intense paint,” she told this new organization. “It is going to last forever.”

The opioid memorial has morphed from a wall to a three-dimensional installation.

McMillan said the project is being supported by a list of organizations that include the University of Dayton; UpDayton; East End and Mission of Mary farm.

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It’s located at a site inside of Lincoln Hill Gardens, a five acre site in the Twin Tower neighborhood at the former site of Lincoln Elementary School at 401 Nassau St., McMillan said.

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