Philadelphia artist's mural to celebrate papal visit is a community affair

Cesar Viveros' mural, commissioned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, consists of three walls measuring 40 feet wide by 35 feet high and covered by 150 iridescent stained-cloth and mosaic panels. There will be 12 different figures, represent different kinds of families – from an African-American single father to a young couple with a baby to an abuelita hugging her grandson.

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    Cesar Viveros, Mexican muralist based in Philadelphia, stands alongside a rendition of the mural he's been commissioned to paint as a welcome to Pope Francis. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)
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    College volunteers learn the art of cutting glass but also arrange mosaics. For Viveros mosaics teaches patience and is also a great form of art therapy. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)
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    Cesar Viveros was a pioneer incorporating 3-D elements to his murals. The papal mural will be adorned with mosaics that will form stars as the firmament in this latest mural. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)
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    Painters use small brushes to color in sections of the panels with a paint-by-number system. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)
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    Viveros uses a paint-by-number system in order to make it easy for volunteers to be part of the process. Viveros' papal mural has used more than 1,400 volunteers already. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)
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    Volunteers from all over the city and even tourists participate. Viveros gives instruction to a participant who came to Philadelphia for a leadership training program. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)
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    Painters use small brushes to color in sections of the panels with a paint-by-number system. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)
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