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Last December artists and community members came together to create murals on wooden panels at the Phoenix Festival of the Arts at Margaret T Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. This project ended up being 160 panels that is a total of 1,280 feet long in length. These eight-by-four-foot panels are now on display at the corner of Indian School Road and Central Avenue in Steele Indian School Park.
This collection of murals was the idea of artist Hugo Medina who rallied community support to make the project happen last fall. It is considered “one of the largest murals ever created”. Video by Kaard Bombe of the Downtown Devil about the mural project :
Thanks to public participation this project is now on display along the fences facing both Central and Indian School. There are also some murals along side paths in the community garden which is in a fenced area at the corner of the park. This is part of a project headed up by PHX Renews which is a city-led initiative to turn Phoenix empty lots into a space the community can use. In addition to the gigantic mural, the PHX Renews project will bring community farming, outdoor education space, and other art displays to the 15-acre lot. The initiative is a partnership with Keep Phoenix Beautiful, a nonprofit, the City of Phoenix, and Barron Collier Companies, owners of the property.
“PHX Renews is a community driven effort that shows how we can find creative and sustainable opportunities if we all work together to shape the future of our city,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “I want this project to serve as a model for how we can transform other vacant properties into usable public spaces.”