EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — Officials with the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department said a new mural project will begin in central El Paso.
The new mural will be located on Geronimo Drive (Between Edgemere Boulevard and Montana Avenue) in the Valley View Heights neighborhood.
The process of removing the existing mural and preparing for the new mural has started.
During the next few weeks, drivers are asked to prioritize personal safety by following the regular flow of traffic near the mural and be mindful of other drivers and pedestrians throughout the area.
In addition, drivers can expect partial lane closures and traffic delays during the installation process which includes painting the mural.
Local Artist Mitsu Overstreet was selected to complete the expressive mural that is part of the Valley View Heights Neighborhood in Central El Paso.
Mitsu is leading a team of local professional artists and emerging artists that will work on the mural starting September 6.
Weather permitting, the mural should be finished sometime this fall.
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The Public Art Committee approved Mitsu Overstreet as the artist for the mural.
Based on community feedback and input, the mural focuses on colorful cultural diversity and the natural desert environment of the El Paso landscape.
The art piece connects the Native American-themed street names found in the Valley View Heights Neighborhood as well as native plants and animals from El Paso.
In addition, the mural includes patterns inspired by Mexican embroidery and Mescalero Apache artifacts, as well as a poem by late local El Paso Poet, Bobby Byrd.
The Public Art Program for the City of El Paso was adopted by City Council in 2006 as an effort to integrate public artworks throughout the City of El Paso. The Public Art Ordinance sets aside 2 percent from every Capital Improvement Project budget for the acquisition of public art for the municipality.
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