Dunwoody’s first permanent mural at Brook Run Park aims to inspire residents to be kind not only to each other, but also to their surroundings.

The new mural is called “Be Kind” and is located near the park’s Barclay Drive entrance, according to the Town of Dunwoody. Local artist Megan Watters said she painted the piece in part to help teach residents about the importance of bees in a community.

“Murals and art… they’re meant to be beautiful, they’re meant to be appreciated,” Watters said. “But it’s also very important to have a call to action.”

Watters has been honing her craft for years and spent 10 years in New York City where she painted community murals, worked on television, and even worked on the famous Macy’s Holiday Windows. Watters said that in New York, she took an interest in the environment, an interest that she brought back with her to Georgia.

“I was doing this kind of work in New York City, and it really interested me,” she said. “Once I heard about the call for art here in Dunwoody, I knew I kind of wanted to hit it from that angle. “

Waters said she was inspired by Bee Dunwoody, the city’s initiative to help make the city safe for pollinators. An official statement from the Dunwoody Nature Center on Bee Dunwoody said the initiative was “happy to provide inspiration for this beautiful mural and hope it will draw attention to the beehives and the important work of the Dunwoody Nature Center and Bee Dunwoody “.

According to a city spokesperson, the city first learned about Watters when it applied to the Spruill Center for the Arts’ annual Amplify competition. Although Spruill did not select Watters, the center sent the Amplify submissions list to the city so that Dunwoody can use this list for future art installations.

According to an official statement from the Dunwoody Department of Economic Development, the Town’s Arts Commission approved Watters’ proposal for the “Be Kind” mural on November 2.

“The location at the back of Brook Run was of particular interest to community members who requested a mural along this wall and Megan’s Be Kind proposal was a perfect fit for the use of bright colors and proximity to beehives. A spokesperson for the Department of Economic Development said in an email.

Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker said the city hopes to have more permanent art installations in city parks, and said there will be a public art component in the master plans of both new city parks, one on Roberts Drive and one on Vermack. Road.

“We want to continue to install not only paintings and murals but also sculptures and all that stuff throughout the park system,” Walker said.

Watters said she hopes the mural serves as an inspiration to visitors to Brook Run Park.

“I hope it puts a smile on their face,” she said. “It’s not just about being kind to others, it’s about being kind to themselves, about being kind to the environment.”