Quaker Maid plant mural to portray images unique to Reading

Video: Mural Appears on Quaker Maid...

READING, Pa. - Beside a bustling Route 10 in Reading, a gray building that once matched the hue of the overcast sky is getting a facelift. Quaker Maid Meats decided to brighten up its plant on Morgantown Road.

"What we wanted to do was portray a lot of different images that are unique to Reading," said Nancy Deale, vice president of Quaker Maid Meats.

To pull this off, the company had to hire a mural mastermind: 'NT3L (pronounced EN-tell), the abstract intelligent' is his moniker. He's a graffiti artist who's incognito.

"There's a certain reputation that I have for sort of being mysterious," he said. "I don't want to be the face of my work. I want my painting to be it, you know."

'NT3L' comes from a street art background. The company hired him and his partners to craft a massive tribute to Reading. Pretzels, trains and nods to the city's sports teams and landmarks reach 37 feet into the air and nearly 300 feet wide.

"Compositionally, it's hard to squeeze all that in, because you don't want to overdo it," he said. "We've gone through about 700 cans, and we estimate going through 1,000 or 1,200 by the end of the project."

'NT3L' said the mural should be done by Monday. He said he hopes it will give people not just something to look at, but something to look up to.

"The way it can impact a community and stuff just makes me really happy," he said.

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