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Syracuse, N.Y. — The middle of a downtown street has become a massive canvas for local artists. In recent weeks, six immense paintings and drawings have taken over the middle of East Water Street.

The art stretches two blocks — from South Warren Street to South State Street. Each painting is bigger than a car.

Most are water-themed, with one that looks like waves in front of the Erie Canal Museum. That’s no coincidence. It’s for a block party Sunday from 1-5 p.m. to kick off the 2017 World Canals Conference, a celebration of the bicentennial of the Erie Canal.

The murals will officially be unveiled during the block party and the artists will be on-hand to talk about their pieces.

The work was done by 40 Below’s Public Arts Task Force, The Erie Canal Museum, IBEW Local 43, Lerentech Solutions, Hanover Square Association, CenterState Development Foundation, Syracuse Public Arts Commission, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, World Canals Conference and the Decentralization Program.

Syracuse artist Ally Walker did one of the street murals.