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COVER: Jáimes’ mural highlights the spring-fed river and its unique species, such as the San Marcos salamander. SUBMITTED PHOTO.


FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS

The city of San Marcos has begun its second commissioned park mural this week, featuring artist Mateo Jáimes of Austin working at William and Eleanor Crook Park.

Jáimes’ mural highlights the spring-fed river and its unique species, such as the San Marcos salamander. The mural, located at the restrooms at the park, is the second in a series of murals to be created throughout San Marcos. The murals are being painted n high visibility areas that have been repeatedly tagged with graffiti.

“The images of the mural intend to present joyful colors that children will enjoy creating, as well as living with afterwards for many years to come,” Jáimes said. “It also intends to provide community awareness of the incredible beauty of the San Marcos River – and its fragile wildlife, such as the wild rice plant and the San Marcos Salamander.”

In practical terms, the design is meant to deter graffiti taggers by utilizing a “dense” configuration of water currents that leaves little “open” wall space for tagging. “Hopefully, the taggers will also recognize that the work of art is meant to demonstrate pride of local community resources,” he said.

Jáimes is a part of an artistic team called “Beauty Will Save the World.” He has helped paint a ¼-mile stretch of art on North Lamar Boulevard in Austin. His paintings are “abstractions of nature inspired by the moment when one realizes that nature is unequaled in its perfection.”

“The images intend to remind the viewer of nature’s endless wisdom. Enjoy the paintings, remember the moment when you were inspired by nature, and carry that world with you always,” he said.

The San Marcos Parks & Recreation department with be scheduling groups to help paint at the mural. For more information, call 512-393-8400.

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