TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The city of Tucson has revealed the designs for a downtown mural project.
On Tuesday eight designs were shown to the public at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. They will be featured at the following locations:
- 9 North Scott Ave.
- the west corner of 5th Ave. and Toole
- Old Scrappy's at 213 E. Broadway
- Wig-O-Rama at 98 E. Congress
- Benjamin Supply, 440 North 7th Ave.
- Century Link, 142 E. Pennington
- Cafe 54, 54 E. Pennington
- Rialto Theater at 318 E. Congress
The mural project is part of the City of Tucson Mural Program, and is an effort to beautify the downtown area and create job opportunities to local artists. The artwork varies in size and design, with some wrapping around buildings. Each will have special graffiti protective coatings.
There was a process to select the artist teams, and the painting is made possible by a $50,000 grants, says Michael Schwartz with the Tucson Arts Brigade. Schwartz says the project is made possible with the help of the Tohono O'odham Nation, Friends of Tucson Arts Brigade, and Visit Tucson.
Painting will begin May 2nd, and will continue until June.
There have also been efforts to put murals on dumpsters downtown.