There is quite a piece of public art that is being created in the City of Kingsville. It's a mural of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and it is almost done.
A local art professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Santa Barraza, is responsible for the project, and she is putting her talent to work for the public to enjoy.
The mural is located at 6th and Lee in Kingsville, right across from the King Ranch Museum. It began on Dec. 15 as a piece of chalk art, which was originally supposed to be a temporary mural. However, it became a more elaborate project as Barraza and a co-collaborator, artist Daniel Cuellar, along with other volunteers, began to incorporate other paints and more permanent materials and layers to the mural.
The project took on a life of its own as the community got involved, and those behind the project are excited for the value it will bring to the city of Kingsville.
"We started as an ephemeral, but now I think it's a little bit more permanent, and we started out as a chalk drawing, and it's become more of a mural," Barraza said. "It measures like 72 feet, by 45 feet, and we also feel that we need the blessings of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the city of Kingsville, and I think we might receive blessings. Who knows?"
"It was a labor of love for Santa Barraza and all the volunteers, and it evokes a passion to see that the university and the community can work together," said Dr. Manuel Flores, chair of the department of art at TAMUK. "It also shows the culture of South Texas, right here on 6th Street in Kingsville, Texas."
"I pretty much put my hand on the whole image," artist Daniel Cuellar said. "It's taken many layers to produce the vibrant colors, layer after layer; but also, we've had locals that also participated, and so I would also like to thank the locals."
They said the project is almost done, but that they are still in need of volunteers to put on the final touches. If you would like to help out, you can call 361-592-8516 or visit www.facebook.com/KVLNOW for more info.
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