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TALLINNA TEHNIKAGUMNAASIUM SCHOOLIn two days the bulk of the first mural was finished. On the third day, two students touched up details while I outlined everything in black. And, on the fourth day, the twelve meters were completed. But, as I said, there was a second mural.

MARTIN

I did learn a lesson after the flag. In my sketch, I had the name of the school wrong. I thought it was Mustamae (the neighborhood) instead of Tallinn (the capital city). And, even though I had an Estonian check it, for some reason I had trouble seplling Tehnikagümnaasium correctly. This time it was adjusted before anything was put up on the wall. Live and learn, or learn to use spellcheck.

MARTIN

This was a working holiday with much more emphasis on the word "working". On most days, painting continued four or five hours after students left for the day. So, why paint a second mural? Part of the reason was a second wall had been prepared in advance. If you build it (or prepare it) they will come (or I will paint it). And, there were just so many eager volunteers who wanted to paint. I didn't want to turn any of them away.

MARTIN

There were volunteers from outside of the school as well. One evening a group of volunteers from the Leinonen Group (their website) came to paint. This group sponsored the paint for the project. It was a very fun way to meet a lot of very wonderful people.

MARTIN

And, to top it all off, I was on television too! You can see that interview here, but if you don't speak Estonian, you're only going to recognize my name.

MARTIN

A very special thanks goes to the people from Leinonen for sponsoring the paint for this project.
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