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Meaningful Art going on the South Central/1-80 bridge

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 5:32 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Independent Citizens Coalition (WICC) and the City of Cheyenne are organizing a painted mural for the overpass that bridges the south Greeley Highway.

The city is looking to add lighting to improve security for this bridge and add this mural to beautify this section of the town, incorporating cultural aspects of this community.

The coalition will help install a mural to inspire fellow community artists and combat vandalism and tagging.

“Theres been some vandalism, throughout the years. Just a lot of tagging, and we just want to put something up and make it beautiful and have some safety,” said Amy Hernandez, Member of the WICC.

The focus is to help beautify the central corridor and add security to the catwalk.

" Once...other people notice, other things can happen, it can start a domino effect, hopefully, " said Palmer Trujillo, Member of WICC.

The project will start in May of 2022, and the City of Cheyenne will add additional lighting and will be finished in 2023.

The artwork will wrap the two sides of the barrier and will be completed mainly by one artist, potentially with the help of a couple of generous friends.

“The art is going to be something that reflects the south-side community, the heritage, the culture, of the people of the south-side community. Its kind of our way of giving back and beautifying our neighborhood,” said Eddie Fernandez, Designing Artist and Founder of Paint Slingers.

The artist anticipates the murals can be completed within a week or two of starting, depending on supplies and weather.

The artist with the coalition hopes this project will inspire members of this community and bring attention to some much-needed areas.

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