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Posted on: March 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City plans mural for Laurent Street underpass

Mural featuring a guitar, accordion, Mexican marigolds and a mariachi silhouette

PHOTO #1: This concept rendering from UP Art Studio shows a proposed design for the Laurent Street underpass mural.

PHOTO #2: This concept rendering from UP Art Studio shows a proposed design for the Laurent Street underpass mural.

PHOTO #3: This concept rendering from UP Art Studio shows a proposed design for the Laurent Street underpass mural.

The City of Victoria is thinking big with its next beautification project.

Mural featuring flowers, cattle, horseback rider silhouettes and the DeLeon cattle brandThe City is moving forward with a mural project through Environmental Services’ Community Appearance Division that will cover the walls of the Laurent Street underpass with colorful imagery that celebrates Victoria’s heritage.

The mural is one of the milestone projects that will align with Victoria’s bicentennial celebration in 2024. The bicentennial will be a yearlong celebration featuring events, activities and initiatives that will honor Victoria’s past and set the stage for a bright future.

Portrait of Christy Youker“The Laurent Street underpass is an excellent opportunity for public art in terms of the location and the amount of space, which we intend to fully utilize in the design,” said Christy Youker, assistant director of Environmental Services and executive director of Keep Victoria Beautiful.

The City is partnering with UP Art Studio on the mural. UP Art Studio’s mission is “Civic Pride through Civic Art,” and the studio has managed hundreds of public art projects around the United States. The studio will work with local Victoria artists to implement the project.

Mural featuring Mexican marigolds and other flowers, dancers in Mexican dresses and a violinUP Art Studio has provided two proposed designs for the project, with elements that can be mixed and matched. The high-quality paint will last more than 20 years. To avoid flood damage, more complex designs will be placed near the top of the mural.

“Each wall has a narrative that shares a story and history of Victoria with vibrant color ways and exuberant imagery, capturing the traditions of the past with a bright and colorful present-day design concept and application,” UP Art Studio stated in the design proposal.

Residents can review the proposed designs at www.victoriatx.gov/communityappearance. The deadline to provide feedback is April 14.

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