The Walls Project will join with Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden’s neighborhood revitalization initiative, “Love Your Block,” on Monday, Jan. 19 — the Martin Luther King Day of Service — for a community paint day to create art on the pillars holding up the I-10 Mississippi Bridge ramp.

Volunteers are needed to help paint as many pillars as possible beneath the I-10 ramp near the intersection of Nicholson Drive, River Road and South Boulevard in downtown Baton Rouge.

Overseeing the project are two LSU art school graduates, Clark Derbes and Marc Verret, also known as Marc Fresh. The two artists have started a massive color installation called “Streetquiltz” that the community will continue and add its artist touch to on Jan. 19.

The plan is to paint 12-feet of art on each pillar. Volunteers will be guided in every step.

Volunteers should arrive in paint attire at 8 a.m. in the parking lot next to the Pastime Restaurant, 252 South Blvd.

“We are thrilled to bring the power of volunteer service to transform the graffiti-ridden pillars into beautiful works of art,” Holden said, “And through this work, we are pleased to honor Dr. King’s legacy by bringing all of our citizens together to help make a difference in our community block by block.”

“We’ve been dedicated to bringing the work of serious artists to public spaces in Baton Rouge,” said The Walls Project founder Casey Phillips, adding, “But we are just as committed to including all members of the community to see, learn and join in The Walls mission.”

Reservations are not required. For more information, email