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Restored mural to decorate East Austin

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by Katy McElroy

“For La Raza,” one of several murals on the exterior wall of the decommissioned Holly Street Power Plant, has been restored. The mural was painted in 1992 by Robert Herrera and Oscar Cortez. A group called Arte Texas, which includes the original artists, completed the restoration. The project is part of phase one of the Holly Shores Master Plan implementation, and Arte Texas worked with neighborhood groups as well as with area students to create “a unique artistic collaboration blending generations from across the community,” the press release says. “This mural represents the strength of our people and serves as a cherished cultural expression of our survival as Mexican Americans and Chicanos,” said Bertha Delgado, founder and executive director of Arte Texas. A free, public event will celebrate the mural on Saturday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2215 Riverview St. “The restoration of this beloved artwork simultaneously honors the history of the Holly Shores neighborhood while also looking towards its future,” said Sue Lambe, manager of the Art in Public Places program. “Representing multiple generations and artistic styles, the new mural celebrates the distinguished heritage of the community and reflects its values and character.”

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