Bauder: Artist creates giant mural of Pirates legend Roberto Clemente

From Bob Bauder at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on June 7, 2018:

Jeremy Raymer knew he found the perfect “canvas” for his latest project — a two-story mural of Pittsburgh Pirates great Roberto Clemente — when he saw the side wall of Verdetto’s bar and restaurant on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

A grassy lot fronting the wall offered an unobstructed view from Route 279’s northbound lanes and other vantage points in the Deutschtown neighborhood. Raymer found more than willing partners in the bar owner, Lenny Verdetto, and his parents, who opened the establishment in 1985.

“This is probably the best location for visibility for any mural I’ve done,” said Raymer, who estimated he has painted 60 in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. “I love this spot.”

It didn’t take much to talk the Verdettos, longtime Clemente fans, into letting him paint the wall.

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Originally published: June 7, 2018. Last Updated: June 7, 2018.