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Art Norby paints red lips on a utility pole Tuesday in Spicer for Poles Gone Wild, a project organized by the Spicer Beautification Committee. Fourteen artists are commissioned to paint 15 utility poles around the city. The committee did a similar project in 2010, when artists painted large wooden fish to be displayed throughout Spicer during the summer. Tribune photo by Jasmine Maki

Spicer, Minn., commissions regional artists for Poles Gone Wild beautification project

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SPICER -- Between working with an unusual surface and dealing with knots, cracks and a fear of heights, local artists faced many challenges as they painted for Poles Gone Wild.

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The city project organized by the Spicer Beautification Committee involves 14 artists painting 15 utility poles throughout the city. The artwork should be completed this week.

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