By Bill Parry
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A major work of public art will be unveiled Aug. 12 at Long Island City’s Thomson Avenue Bridge, between Skillman Avenue and 44th Drive, near LaGuardia Community College. Internationally acclaimed artist Mark Salinas, an 18-year resident of Sunnyside, spent the last year planning the execution of a 6,000-square-foot mural, the largest community-made mural in Queens.
“We had more than 150 volunteers take part from LaGuardia, International High School — even Citi Bank,” Salinas said. “It was a wonderful opportunity for the people in Long Island City to take part in the beautification of their own neighborhood.”
Salinas created 7Train Murals in 2013, a group dedicated to beautifying vacant and vandalized public spaces in neighborhoods along the No. 7 subway line, from Long Island City to Flushing. The murals are professionally made, site-specific designs, enlisting those who live and work