LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

After months of anticipation, La Crosse's unveils a new city mural.

Resident's got their first look at the massive mural Friday at a special unveiling ceremony. The mural, which is on the side of the Pump House Regional Arts Center in La Crosse represents La Crosse's culture. Internationally recognized artist John Pugh and a handful of local under studies have working on the mural for months. Friday was a chance to show off their hard work. Judging by the reaction from the public, it seems to have paid off.

"I think it's beautiful, it's very nice in this particular area, that it represents what it does," said Lynn Mcilvaine, a La Crosse Resident.

William Krumbach, a student at UW-La Crosse, is also happy to see the finished product.

"It's great, I actually know a few of the people that worked on it, I'm really glad that La Crosse is kind of come together and really is supporting the arts,"said Krumbach.
    
Friday's unveiling was just the start to an art-filled weekend. The ceremony is part of  'Artspire' an event put on by the La Crosse Arts initiative.  It's a chance to the community to support the area's talented artists.

"There will be 30 tents of artist,  60 downtown merchants are involved. We'll have five different stages, a lot of activities all family friendly," said  Don Smith, Chair of La Crosse's Art's Board.

Artspire runs until 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening. For more information check out www.artspirelacrosse.com.