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Public reacts to downtown murals as more are announced

Posted at 9:16 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 23:29:02-04

On Wednesday afternoon, the Downtown Management District announced plans for six new murals to be painted on electrical boxes in Downtown Corpus Christi.

“We’re excited to be adding more artwork to the area,” DMD Communication and Events Manager Jordan Michael said.

Michael believes the murals are a tourist draw in and of themselves, but more importantly, they’re part of her agency’s bigger effort to boost Downtown’s economy.

“There are a lot of different angles when it comes to revitalizing downtown,” Michael said. “We’re working from multiple angles.”

Several people were quick to give their opinions Tuesday of the almost 50 murals already in the downtown-area on buildings, electrical boxes, and other places. All of those opinions were positive.

“I like it,” Mike Krieber, who works and socializes downtown, said. “There’s no doubt about it. It adds something downtown.”

“Rough around the edges is pretty much a good way to describe Corpus, but all the art is making it look a little prettier,” Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student Alysia Sauceda said.

A 20-year resident of Corpus Christi went a step further, complimenting the agency that works with downtown businesses to pay local artists to paint the murals.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Nathan Kolenovsky said. “I think the Downtown Management District has done a nice job trying to beautify the city.”

And that agency has every intention of continuing to do so.

“[Murals] really spur economic growth for downtown,” Michael said. “We’re excited to be adding more artwork to the area to drive more traffic to downtown.”

The Downtown Management District announced that murals were going on six electrical boxes along Mesquite Street at its May Mural Mixer at House of Rock at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Local artists will submit renderings, and then the public will select the six who will paint the murals. Each selected-artist will receive $500 for their work.

UPDATE: This story contains updated material from its original version