There was a community mural project last weekend in downtown Phoenix, on Roosevelt Row, right in the midst of the area where the majority of my mural photos have been taken over the last couple of years. In fact, it was at 2nd Street and Roosevelt which is how the project got its name, Ro2. Not only were some of the best-known local muralists (Lalo Cota, Gennaro Garcia, Thomas Breeze Marcus, Pablo Luna, Colton Brock, and Angel Diaz) painting, but they allowed members of the community and their children to join in.
Yes, I said Lalo Cota! If you’ve read my mural blog posts, you know that I love Lalo Cota’s work. He is known for his Day of the Dead (calaveras) murals. Here he is, and we met him. I’ll admit I was goofily starstruck. He is so nice, polite, and definitely knows his PR.
This is another vacant lot that the downtown community is beautifying and they have plans to do other projects in this lot aside from the mural.
I think this was specifically for little kids to paint.
We didn’t go until Sunday afternoon when the mural was almost complete but there were still a lot of people hanging around watching, painting, photographing.
The mural wall is attached to the side of MonOrchid, which I mentioned in a recent post. There is a mural in progress on this side of MonOrchid, too.
Even the sidewalk is colorful here.
This panel is on the opposite side of the wall that Lalo is painting.
And on the back side of MonOrchid, it looks like another new mural has begun. This whole area is now packed with murals. Everywhere you turn, you see another one but there’s still room for plenty more. This article provides more information about this project and the muralists.