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Posted on April 12, 2023

Posted by the award-winning Journalist Cindy Uken | Apr 12, 2023 | BusinessNewsValley Life

DHS Welcomes Multi-story Art Installation


DESERT HOT SPRINGS — This is one art installation you will not want to miss. The painting of the mural, comprising an entire building at a prominent focal point of the city, is already underway.

Unanimously approved by the City Council on March 7, the unique art installation at the corner of Palm Drive and Pierson Boulevard, is being painted by California native TRAV, in collaboration with well-known art collective the Seventh Letter and Known Gallery, which recently relocated to downtown Desert Hot Springs.

The installation will be TRAV’s largest ever and is intended to become a community landmark. The unveiling and community block party is set for April 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“It’s exciting to fast-track a piece of this size, and I love this project,” said Mayor Scott Matas. “It’s the start of something that will become great for our downtown, and we are thrilled to do this during Desert X and the neighboring arts and music festivals.”

“This project is one that truly fulfills the mission of our Arts in Public Places effort,” Interim City Manager Doria Wilms said in a statement. “The installation will provide enjoyment for all those who live in the area year-round, increase tourism to the city, and really embrace what we are doing to foster arts and economic development.”

The city’s Arts in Public Places Fund is maintained through a developer-paid fee that is used exclusively to develop and maintain a visual arts program for residents and visitors of Desert Hot Springs. Additional funds were authorized to improve the area for spectators around the site.

Those improvements include exterior painting, lighting and landscaping to enhance the viewing experience of the installation.

The mural contains imagery cohesive with the history of Desert Hot Springs, as well as bold patterns and unique compositions.