Street artists acquire Victoria building to paint

Aug. 2, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.

Victoria street artists lost a symbolic mural when it was painted over Saturday morning. But they soon will have a bigger venue to express themselves.

The mural painted on the side of the Children's Discovery Museum, 204 N. Main St., which took about four days to complete, was painted over Saturday morning.

"It really is sad," Victoria artist Jake Ramirez said Saturday. "It affected me all day."

However, Ramirez is looking forward to another downtown site - the former Wells Fargo drive-thru bank at South William and East Santa Rosa streets, whose owner is allowing artists to use its exterior as a canvas for another creation.

Ramirez, who is producing a documentary about the evolution of street art in Victoria, is looking for donations to bring in 40 artists to the city to contribute to the art that will adorn the entire building. Artists will begin using the structure in October.

"We'll have a haven for street artists," he said.

Street art traditionally doesn't last long, Ramirez said, typically remaining in place about a year. But that doesn't deter artists, he said.

"They put every bit of themselves into their paintings," Ramirez said.

The Victoria community has progressed on the topic of street art, he said. Still, he hopes for Victoria to follow in the steps of major cities that have public, outdoor galleries where street artists can have space to express themselves without the threat of detractors.



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