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Artists leave mark on Victoria during film fest

By Sara Sneath
April 6, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated April 6, 2014 at 11:07 p.m.

German tattoo artist Bernd Muss' mural of an octopus riding a rodeo horse in downtown Victoria was completed as part of the Victoria TX Indie Film Festival.

Street artists from Germany, New York City and Austin left their marks on Victoria over the weekend with three new murals downtown.

The war between good and evil, as depicted through two recurring characters, began in an alley behind Victoria Children's Discovery Museum. New York City artists James Rubio and Christopher Yerington first stenciled Lily and Rita, two girls who battle it out with rainbows and spears over rolling green hills, at last year's Victoria TX Indie Film Fest.

They were invited back this year to paint a new scene from the ongoing battle. The mural was among three that went up over the weekend.

"One girl is 100 percent love and possibility. The other wants to cause damage and do harm," Rubio said. "That duality is in all of us."

The annual fest not only gives artists an opportunity to display their works but to share ideas and network. The mural Rubio and Yerington painted last year created a "domino effect" for the artists, opening up opportunities to paint Lily and Rita all over the world, including Ecuador, Mexico and New York City.

The Austin-based collective SprATX (pronounced Spray Texas) created a nature-inspired mural on the side of the Children's Discovery Museum. The artists Rosni K., Briks and Wade worked day and night on the mythical-looking work until Sunday, Rosni K. said.

And in the Welder Center parking lot, an octopus can be seen with its tentacles wrapped around a mustang, a work by German artist Bernd Muss.

This year's murals are in more visible locations than the two from last year, Jake Ramirez with the Victoria Texas Indie Film Fest said.

"All the walls that we're painting now are pretty easily found and seen," Ramirez said. "We've had people from all ages really excited about seeing these people painting."

While the chance to mingle with traveling artists ended Sunday, the opportunity to get to know their work will remain on downtown walls, a unique aspect of street art.

"It has an effect on people, even when we're not around," Yerington said.

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