For years, the lot at the northwest corner of Hudson and Summit streets has been entangled in a vicious battle between those who like graffiti and those who like to partially cover over graffiti with white paint.

For years, the lot at the northwest corner of Hudson and Summit streets has been entangled in a vicious battle between those who like graffiti and those who like to partially cover over graffiti with white paint.

But the lot's poor, confused wall will see new hope through the SoHud Mural Project, which will begin to transform the indecipherable mess into a mural depicting trees during a kick-off party at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. The community is invited to help clean and prime the space for a painting designed by local architect Tim Lai.

"It's such a prominent wall in our community, and it had so much potential for public art," said Elizabeth Dekker of Wild Goose, which helped organize the mural campaign. "It's going to be an urban arboretum."

Local artists Jon Stommel and Travis Czekalski will handle most of the technical painting using special projection techniques. Other work dates will be announced, and the community will be able to fill in trees and support the project financially.