Graffiti artists changing the way you see St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- If it's up to you and I to make S-T-L, a better place to live, we might need a little help from O-U-R.

"O-U-R stands for Operation Urban Renewal," says aerosol artist Adam Sherman.

 This three man paint crew is trying to change the way you see the city of St. Louis.

"One thing that aerosol art does is just brighten brilliant colors that we like to use," says Sherman.  "You know, it's nice to be burning colors in a grey world."

Or say a blue collar town that loves some redbirds.

But this graphic artist, woodworker and fine art painter begin each project with a simple drawing.

"Say we have a 32 by eight foot wall back there," says Sherman.  "It's a useful tool for us to each have one so that you can further proportionate your mural from the very beginning." 

You might have seen flood walls, garages or even tugboats tastefully painted by O-U-R.

Today they're indoors and outdoors at 2720 Cherokee to complete some new work.

"We like to think of it as we want to go around doing public art that makes places look better," says Myles Keough.

"That you can make someone get up and go look at that," says Davide Weaver the co-owner of 2720 Cherokee.  "It enhances that district, it enhances everything about the region and the city."

Working legally with the city as their canvas they'll continue without any brushes, using only their craniums and some aerosol cans.

"That's our main objective is to do murals and big stuff and show people that aerosol is not just graffiti," says Justin Dirks.  "It's a medium, it's not just something used to vandalize."

Especially if it's something from O-U-R that can benefit all of us.