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Artists raising money to create 4,000-sq-ft McCain mural in Scottsdale

A rendering of the proposed John McCain mural in Old Town Scottsdale. (Screenshot, TheMaverickMural.com)

PHOENIX — An Arizona artist created a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a giant mural of Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain.

If the artist can get the funding, he would create the 30-foot-tall by 120-foot-long mural in Old Town Scottsdale.

Total, the artwork would be about 4,000 square feet.

Aaron Bass began working with Chen + Suchart Studio and Eric Marvin to create a piece of art that would serve “not only a commemoration but a reminder that discourse and discussion are pivotal,” the website said.

The concept, tweeted by @mural_the, depicts John McCain’s face with an Arizona flag on the building at 4235 N. Marshall Way.

Half the star and rays of light on a typical Arizona flag are present on the concept, with the face of “The Maverick” that starts just past it.

The color shifts from red to blue with white features inside.

Bass and Marvin use a digital process in which they arranged about 30,000 pictograms of different color to show McCain’s face with the Arizona flag in the background.

Each pictogram is three inches tall and represents the five Cs of Arizona.

The building will be “divided into a grid of 179 stencils applied by hand and used to guide the painting process,” according to the site.

The artists are hoping to raise $20,000 in the Kickstarter campaign, which begins Aug. 18.

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