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You can be a part of the Dale Jr. mosaic

- jmarusak@charlotteobserver.com
Saturday, May. 18, 2013

The Mooresville Artist Guild and Dale Jr. Foundation have come up with an artistic way for fans to pay tribute to NASCAR’s popular driver and also raise money to renovate the historic depot where the guild hosts its art shows.

Fans can submit online photos of themselves and their friends that will be incorporated into the “Dale Jr. Picture Mosaic” – a collection of 8,800 images that will form images of Earnhardt Jr. and his No. 88 Sprint Cup car.

The primary image will be visible when viewed from far away, while looking at it close up will reveal that it consists of many smaller images.

The initiative has an interactive website, www.dalejrpicturemosaic.com, where, for a donation of $8.80, fans and friends can include a photograph of themselves or one of their own pieces of art. Those photos, combined with thousands of others, will create the completed 8-foot-by-6-foot mural.

Shortly after uploading a photo or photos on the site, each contributor will be incorporated into the online mosaic. Contributors will receive a special access code so they can dial in and see the photo or photos up-close. Fans also can donate $88 and upload 12 photos. Donors will receive a postcard-size color copy of the picture.

The Dale Jr. Picture Mosaic is scheduled to be unveiled in mid-December at Earnhardt Jr.’s Nationwide Series motorsports shop, JR Motorsports in Mooresville’s Talbert Pointe Business Park. The mural will then be auctioned on the Dale Jr. Foundation eBay Store, with proceeds going to the depot renovations.

“Since 1863, the Historic Mooresville Depot has been the cornerstone on which the town of Mooresville was built,” Leo Gordon, treasurer of the Guild and chairperson for the renovation project, said in announcing the mosaic project recently. “It brought commerce to the area, which led to people moving into the area.”

In 1973, he said, the Depot took a new role when the town leased the building to the Mooresville Artist Guild, which converted part of the building into a visual arts center, thus becoming the cornerstone of art for the region.

“The building needs major repairs and must conform to ADA requirements if we are to meet the growing needs of the guild and the region,” Gordon said. “With community leaders like Dale Jr. and The Dale Jr. Foundation adding their support, we can make the Depot something special.”

Marusak: 704-987-3670; on Twitter: @ jmarusak

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