Traffic calming murals among many art projects coming to Metcalfe Park

The first in a series of art projects occurring in the Metcalfe Park community over the summer began this week — even if it faced a Monday rain delay. 

Artist Quan Caston, who lives in the neighborhood, used sidewalk chalk to sketch out his literacy-themed comic strip about a butterfly and had just begun painting when the rains came. He took his inspiration for his mural from Butterfly Park where it is located. 

With the rain, his 12-panel sidewalk mural became a blurry haze of blue and white paint. Undaunted Caston vowed to finish the project when the weather cooperated.

“It is not over,” said Caston. “My office is here, so I will just come down and gather some kids and we will finish it out.” 

Caston’s piece, about a caterpillar learning it’s a butterfly through reading, is one of three art projects going up through Metcalfe Park Painted, a program aimed at inspiring and beautifying the community on the city’s north side.