On the corner of West Street and East 15th Avenue in Homestead is a colorful mural where there was once a vacant plot of grass. The large stand-alone piece, entitled "It's Your Turn," was created by artists Ian Green and Lauren Hinish and completed in 2008.
The artwork boasts hues of blue and earthy reds and oranges and has a circular theme. At the base are images of people in a drum circle with a sunflower sprouting upward into an oval sphere that encompasses sea, land, mountain and sky. Ancestors perched in the clouds above are gently holding the earthly globe.
Below the image, the artists painted an explanation that reads: "The drum circle is the embodiment of community empowerment. It's a place where life's gifts are given freely and money has no power over people. The spectrum of human awareness is vast, each of us with our own unique colors and intensities. The circle brings these differences together and forges a new understanding of the world. The drum is symbolic of your purpose in life. You can play it any way you want. There is a place in the circle for you. ... It's your turn."
Biographies at the mural's bottom say that Mr. Green has been painting and drumming in Homestead since 1999. He has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Columbus College of Art and Design and a master's in painting from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
Ms. Hinish holds a bachelor's degree in studio art from Denison University, where she focused on drawing and sculpture. She completed graduate work in art education in Pittsburgh and has taught visual arts in the city and surrounding areas.
The mural incorporates work by members of Community Life and Young Life. Some funding came from Steel Industry Heritage Corp., Steel Valley Arts Council and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.