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Tallahassee artist unveils iconic female figure mural

Posted at 6:30 PM, Mar 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-28 15:06:10-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee artist is using a building and an iconic female figure to honor a group of Tallahassee women.

Kollet Probst unveiled the mural Wednesday on Gaines Street.

"Talent lives here, talent lives in Tallahassee and a lot of women are making a lot of moves in that area in Tallahassee," said Probst. "We got culinary, dance, writing, photography, make-up, all of those are represented."

Probst says, the mural is a reminder to women anything is possible.

"I wanted to do something to celebrate the talent that lives here. The female talent in the arts and I just came to this idea one night and decided this is how I was gonna do it," said Probst. "It was gonna be Rosie the Riveter and I wanted to select some women to come paint with me."

It's a mural that shows women involved in arts that span from photography, to dancing, to cooking.

"We met for dinner one night over at Gaines Street Pies and we sat there and this sisterhood formed," said Probst. "We all talked and ate and I sat there sketching and we sketched it all that night and decided what each woman was responsible for, her role."

It will be right at a wall that is no stranger to original artwork.

"It's sort of like tattoos, once you have one, you cant stop," said Property Owner Dean Minardi.

Minardi says he is picky about what works is put on his walls.

"When we renovated this building about 5 years ago, we knew this wall would be iconic," said Minardi.

Minardi donated the prime canvas to Probst with high hopes of her turning a truly iconic piece.

"Gaines, Railroad, Monroe, Adams, it's all changing and this is just a great time to be in Tallahassee. This says it all," said Minardi. "It's the women who drive this stuff."

And Probst is ready to continue to drive the women of future generations.

"What's next, hopefully is a mural with some students. That's what I would really like to do," said Probst.

With her platform, Probst wants to show every woman that she too can be a ceiling smasher.