So, about that colorful 100-foot snake painted on the wall along Broadway at Lead … .
The serpent is the first of 11 murals being created by more than 30 artists in Downtown over the next few days under the banner of the 508 Mural Fest – which runs through Sept. 23.
“We wanted to get artists and businesses together to showcase the good in Downtown,” said Jay Spang, executive director of Warehouse 508, a 9-year-old nonprofit that serves as an incubator of sorts for aspiring young artists. And Downtown can certainly use some literal brightening up.
A cadre of artists and volunteers is busy creating murals at Amy Biehl High School, Tractor Brewing Co., Sidetrack Brewing Co., q-Staff Theatre, Valliant Printing, Relic Alley, Sister Bar and Van Buren Middle School. A map and other information about the project at www.508muralfest.com.
The mural fest is privately funded by Maddox & Co. Realtors, though a bevy of community sponsors have stepped in to donate paint and other materials. Artists get paid for their works, which will permanently improve the Downtown vibe.