Three new murals will be painted on walls in downtown Aurora.
Aurora’s city government recently approved the public art, which officials are hoping will not only add color to downtown but become attractions in and of themselves.
“All of these have an element of being friendly, to bring people in,” said Jennifer Evans, Aurora’s director of public art.
The murals are being done by artists of some note, and should be finished by the middle of October, she added. She said artists were chosen on the basis of experience, affordability, quality of their previous work, an appeal to a variety of people and having generally pleasing designs.
One of those chosen is Los Angeles-based Bunnie Reiss, who will use a theme around a blue heron on a wall under the New York Street bridge along the Riverwalk, just south of the Endiro Coffee Shop and Restaurant
“She applied because she had fans in Aurora who contacted her,” Evans said.
Another artist chosen is Ruben Aguirre, who is based in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and has “a sizable following,” Evans said.
She said Aguirre does a lot of colorful, abstract type of work that is more evocative of urban styles found in larger cities.
The third artist is a local Aurora one, Sam Cervantes. His mural is not sponsored by the city, and will be done on private property.
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