By: Jessie Monsivais Photo Courtesy of: Sandra Gonzalez
The newest colors embellishing downtown come from K SpacebrContemporary, where a mural surrounds the door of the non-profit organization’sbrbuilding. Primary designer, Tony Armadillo, and muralist, Sandra Gonzalezbrheaded a group of over 45 teens this summer during K Space’s Mural Arts SummerbrCamp.
Sandra says the mural, titled Connections, represents the historicbrroots connected to the K Space building. Previously a Kress Five and Dimebrstore, the students and instructors have transformed the architecture’sbraesthetic with a colorful display that alludes to innovative artbrmovements on an exterior wall that was once only white.
“We are using the technique that I learned while working for thebrCity of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program,” shares Sandra. “A great advantage ofbrusing the Philadelphia Mural Arts technique is how convenient it is. We use abrspecial fabric that facilitates working indoors, safe from weather conditions –brwe do most of the painting in the studio.”
This technique further allows accessibility for the community tobrparticipate in creating the mural and has proven to withstand the elements forbrover 15–20 years.
The five-week camp, geared towards teens ages 13 – 17, enabledbrstudents to not only learn the multiple-step process for creating the mural,brbut they also learned about teamwork and collaboration.
brbr“I feel happy and proud tobrbe part of the K Space Contemporary Mural Arts Summer Camp. Our summer campbrstudents are leaving their mark in our city,” Sandra shares passionately. “Theybrare being part of beautifying Corpus Christi. We are hoping to keepbrcreating more murals around downtown.”
Visit the new mural located at 415 Starr St.