The LAFCU letters are once again on the move.

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First introduced in a television commercial with a team of 12LAFCU employees constructing them, the six-foot tall letters havebecome the Lansing, Mich.-based credit union's big, friendly brandambassadors.

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They've generated some social media buzz as locals can't resisttaking selfies with the travelling letters as they are on displayat various local events.

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lafcu lettersAs part of LAFCU's Art, Growth& Community Series the letters have become works of artcourtesy of five local artists who were each chosen to paint aletter. They were officially unveiled during the Jazz & BluesConcert Series on the Grand. The letters will appear at LAFCUsponsored community events throughout the Lansing, Mich. area theremainder of 2016.

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Here's a look at each artist's inspired, creativeexpression:

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lafcu lettersLetter: L

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Artist: Derek Allmendinger

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Style: Warhol Inspired

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Materials: Acrylics

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Derek Allmendinger's letter “L” was inspired by hissurroundings, or lack thereof. Allmendinger regularly visits LAFCUand looks at all its history throughout the branches.

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Allmendinger noticed LAFCU's mascot, LAFF-E the Cow, doesn't getmuch love and wanted to fix that. His piece depicts LAFF-E having aphotoshoot. As Allmendinger put it, “We all know LAFF-E wouldn'tstand still for a photoshoot.”

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After viewing his piece, Allmendinger wants people to learn tolet it go and have no fear.

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lafcu lettersLetter: A

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Artist: Sam “Samskee” DeBourbon

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Style: Graffiti

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Materials: Spray Paint

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Sam “Samskee” DeBourbon's letter “A” is influenced by his lovefor patterns and colors.

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Samskee said his piece embodies “happy color fusion – happyfamily.” While viewing his artwork, Samskee hopes people learn tojust have fun.

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He believes art is therapy for himself and can be for others whodon't even realize it.

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lafcu lettersLetter: F

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Artist: Laura Gajewski

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Style: Mixed media

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Materials: Spray Paint, Acrylics

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Laura Gajewski's letter “F” is influenced by vintage REO FlyingCloud advertisements from 1927 and 1929.

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These advertisements pictured many clouds which inspiredGajewski to create her own rendition.

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Gajewski hopes those viewing her piece see it as her bestself.

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lafcu lettersLetter: C

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Artist: Jeremy Coats

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Style: Surrealism

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Materials: Acrylics

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Jeremy Coats' letter “C” is influenced by his interest insurrealism and hidden images.

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Coats incorporated the ideas of growth and community into hisart.

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He wants people to be intrigued and feel some sense of mysterywhen viewing his piece.

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lafcu lettersLetter: U

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Artist: Brian Whitfield

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Style: Cubism

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Materials: Acrylics, Paint Markers

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Brian Whitfield's letter “U” is influenced by the letteritself.

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Whitfield saw the two sides of the “U” as the two differentLansings we know and love – Lansing the Capitol and Lansing ourhome.

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Whitfield creates art for himself but hopes people feel goodwhen viewing it.

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