Graffiti mural completed by artist
Published 6:01 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2023
To some, graffiti is a nuisance. To others, it’s a work of art.
Joseph Seurkamp, an artist from Pensacola, Fla., who is the driving force for the “Graffiti Bridge” has put some of his best work on a building in Brewton — all at the request of the owner.
A few weeks in the making, the mural by Seurkamp is now complete on the building of Miller McCall Automotive shop on St. Nicholas Avenue.
Seurkamp said this was his first job in Brewton and he is happy to do the work.
“This is my first work here in Brewton, “ Seukamp said as he began the job in early December. “This should be about a three-day job. I’d love to do more work for others here in Brewton. I like being here.”
Although he had hoped to complete the process in about three days, the job took several more days to complete.
Due to weather conditions, some mechanical issues, work took a good bit longer than expected.
“I had to get a different lift to come in so that I could get closer to the building, Seurkamp said. “I had to work that out to be able to do more work.”
But, if you take a look at 615 St. Nicholas Avenue, you’ll see all of the delays and hard work paid off with a full-blown mural.
“There are hot rods, gas pumps, a service work and even a burnout on the mural,” Seurkamp said. “Even some city scapes thrown in. It turned out great.”
Seurkamp is one of the masterminds behind what has become widely known across the region as “Graffiti Bridge” on N. 17th Avenue in Pensacola, Fla.
“Graffiti artists have decorated the bridge throughout the years to show support for a variety of causes, from a memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, to the most current cause of raising awareness for childhood cancer,” according to published information on the bridge. “The 17th Ave CSX Railroad Bridge is more than just a common case of teenage vandalism, but is instead of living reminder of the desire of expression.”
Honor has even been given to a Brewton resident when the Bridge was covered in graffiti encouraging the fight against cancer for Taylor Diercks.