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Five new murals going up in Tucson this week

Posted at 11:32 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 21:53:06-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona is known for its scenic natural environment. But starting this week, folks in Tucson are being given the chance to see it in a new way.

Banner University Medicine asked four local artists to create wall murals to honor the unusual beauty of Tucson and promote wellness.

Banner CEO Chad Whelan believes the connection between the city's art scene and the need to prioritize one's health is clear-- and were factors in the selection process.

“The city’s vibrant arts scene and colorful murals are part of what makes Tucson special. We were looking for relaxing artwork that speaks to health, healing and togetherness,” Whelan said in a press release.

Four artists were chosen based on this criteria and created works that will be installed on various streets throughout the city. Some common images across these works are plants native to the area, like cacti, the wildlife, like bobcats and butterflies, and the landscape, with mountains, and sunsets.

Nods to Banner are made as well, with images of human hearts or a set of lungs featured and woven into the rest of the artwork. A couple of the murals even feature humans, both of whom appear to exude a sense of peace while amongst the local environment.

The respective artists' murals can be found at these locations around the city:

· Joe Pagac, 2320 N. Campbell Ave.

· Jessica Gonzales, 2425 N. Oracle Road

· Ignacio Garcia, 246 N. Fourth Ave.

· Lalo Cota, 3443 E. Speedway Blvd. and 3540 N. Oracle Road