The original mural, approved but the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission in February, showed a large female figure with a butterfly on her finger, but some residents were concerned with the amount of female’s cleavage shown in the rendering.
Two murals, a lavender-dominant floral display, and a green-dominant piece showing a woman with a flower and butterfly have been proposed to be painted on the Lift dispensary located at the corner of Fourth Street and Temple Avenue.
“This mural can remind people that aging is beautiful, it’s full of dignity and can be a really great thing.”
Local artists Cody Lusby and Melanie Cristofaro completed the stunning artwork just last week.
“The city respects art, the city is made of artists. So, if art is going to be what it takes to keep everybody calm, then we have plenty of them.”
The murals were commissioned by The Arts Council for Long Beach to keep local artists working despite COVID-19 setbacks.
The mural dedication and culmination event will take place Saturday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Long Beach Transit and the Arts Council for Long Beach partnered up with Los Angeles artist Big Sleeps for a three-part collaboration.
With the Convention Center’s ongoing effort to activate some of the campus’ less colorful spaces, artist Esao Andrews was brought in to paint an indoor mural.
Artists talk about their murals recently painted at Homeland Cultural Center.