KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - It certainly isn't graffiti.
A fiery-colored flower bud pulls the eye to a wood plank-coveredwindow on an empty building on the south-west corner of Buckeye andJackson streets.
It is the work of Andrea LaHue, a Los Angeles oil painter whospends two months out of the year doing what she calls Random Actsof Flowers.
LaHue, who has been staying with friends in Peru, noticed thebuilding at Buckeye and Jackson about several weeks ago and decidedto paint on it.
She travels across the U.S. and selects derelict buildings, thendecorates them with paintings of a single flower.
"I do it to inspire and to uplift the community," she said asshe swept her orange paint-tipped brush onto her canvas of woodboards. "Flowers don't have any dogma associated with them. They'rejust flowers. But they get a lot of the same messages across asdogma without all that."
LaHue describes herself as an "army brat" who is a self-taughtartist. She has spent the past few years living in cities such asL.A., New York and Paris.
She came to Indiana to see the "the heartland" and learn what"Main Street" was.
"I just love Indiana so much," she said. "I just love thefarmhouses. Everybody's just so friendly."
Among the 25 cities in which she says she has painted more than60 flowers over the last two years are Brooklyn; Harlem;Washington, D.C.; Savannah, Ga.; and Tallahassee, Fla.
LaHue uploads photos and videos from her trip to her website andher blog.
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