EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is making plans for a new mural that will be on display in central El Paso at Geronimo Drive between Edgemere Boulevard and Montana Avenue.
KFOX14 spoke with local artist Mitsu Overstreet who was selected to create the mural, which is part of the Valley View Heights Neighborhood in Central El Paso to find out more about the project.
The reference that I've designed for this is pretty final, and so the style of the mural and how we apply it, it will change from the reference so I shy away from sharing it because it will change what we're putting it up,” said Overstreet.
City maintenance has begun cleaning and removing the old mural created back in 1999, to prepare artists for the replacement project set to start on September 6.
Overstreet said the wall will be worked from the lower end to the highest point which is 25 feet tall, and several professional local artists will work alongside him.
“I hired about nine artists to help me install it. Some of them were experienced artists that I've known from the scene, that I know they do good work, and others were up-and-coming artists that were recommended to me,” said Overstreet.
The city reached out to people who live around the area to get their input on what they’d like to see on the mural. Overstreet added people expressed togetherness and unity.
“I think you know, after all, that's what happened in the past few years, I think, and just who we are just as a unique place. Being two cities together, two countries together it's just we're just a unique place that it, it organically, we're just naturally unified,” said Overstreet.
Weather permitting, the mural should be finished sometime this fall.
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