'Greetings from El Paso' mural on display in new Upper Valley shopping center


    'Greetings from El Paso' mural in the Upper Valley.

    A nationwide project to showcase city landmarks in postcard-like murals has come to the Sun City.

    The “Greetings Tour” is an initiative started by artist Victor Ving and photographer Lisa Beggs.

    The couple travels cross-country in an RV, creating future landmarks.

    Ving and Beggs have been creating vintage large-letter postcard murals since April 2015.

    The classic "large letter"large-letter postcard from the 1930s-1950s features the name of a city with different images of landmarks in each of the letters.

    In El Paso, the artwork will be displayed at the new Riverbend Development Substation shopping center on Sunset Road and Doniphan Drive.

    Grave Herrera, assistant curator for the project and local artist, said the project is long overdue.

    “It highlights a lot of the beauty we have in our city,” Herrera said.

    The mural features such El Paso landmarks as the Camino Real Hotel, the star on the mountain, the ASARCO pipe and the Ysleta Mission.

    “It offers an aesthetically pleasing view for clients, tourists and visitors to the substation but also highlights El Paso,” Herrera said.

    The artwork is inspired by pictures taken by Beggs.

    The couple has already created more than a dozen paintings for cities across the U.S.

    “We are a year and a half in and this is the 16th mural. We involve communities and see what they would like to see incorporated,” Ving said.

    The Substation's mural was started in February and is expected to be finished by next week.

    Once each mural is complete, the documented story is shared by the couple on their social media accounts.

    The entire project will eventually be made into a publication that will include a series of linen postcards.

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