Coming Up – Loteria! the mural
In November 2013, K Space Contemporary put on our biggest show ever, Loteria! the Exhibition. 114 artists submitted 130 paintings of loteria cards that were then displayed in groups of 9, creating 13 giant tablas throughout the gallery.
The exhibition idea for “Loteria!” evolved into a plan for a K Space Contemporary version of the game as well as an outdoor mural. Thanks to grants from the City of Corpus Christi Arts & Cultural Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the mural project will proceed! We intend to install the mural on the south wall of our building facing oncoming traffic on Chaparral. (617-619 Chaparral St., downtown Corpus Christi, TX) Loteria! the Mural will be unveiled in October 2014, just in time for the 2014 Dia de los Muertos Festival.
Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame & K Space Board Chair Sharon Sedwick speaking in front of the Dia de los Muertos Mural painted by Ricardo Ruiz, Gerald Lopez, Day Wheeler and Jimmy Pena, October 2011.
The Dia de los Muertos mural is located at N. Upper Broadway and Starr Streets along the historical ballustrade of downtown Corpus Christi. The mural was unveiled at our annual Dia de los Muertos Street Festival on October 28, 2011. An anonymous donor provided funding for the materials while Scott Electric donated new lighting, and the artists mentioned above donated their time and expertise to paint the mural. Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation was also instrumental in the creation of this mural. We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped make it a reality!
The mural features common elements from a Dia de los Muertos “ofrenda” or altar. The skeleton doing normal activities is popular imagery in traditional Dia de los Muertos art. Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of the lives of those we have lost. Skeletons represent the joyous occasion of those who have passed coming back to visit friends and family on the Day of the Dead. In this mural, nighttime activities are depicted on the left side, while daytime activities are depicted on the right.
This mural was painted in the Summer of 2010 by K Space Contemporary’s Summer Art Adventures Painting class led by Patrick Richards and Michelle Smythe. It is located in the ramp just behind La Retama Park, which is located in the block surrounded by Upper Broadway, People’s, Mesquite and Schatzel Streets in downtown Corpus Christi.
The mural uses a “trompe l’ oeil” technique in the red brick area to create giant windows. Before painting, these walls were white. Looking into the windows, the viewer will see water and children swimming as if one is looking into the depths of a swimming pool.
This is “stage 1.” There are plans to add to this work of art to include bubbles, background imagery and more figures. We are currently raising money for Stage 2.
We are proud of our super mural team members who worked on this project!
Other Murals by K Space:
Graffiti Art Project Mural at Starr and Mesquite Streets
Completed Spring 2010
Our neighbors were renovating the old Taylor Brothers Building and gave K Space and the Graffiti Art Project permission to paint the plywood hurricane shutters. 35 Graffiti Art Project participants met with the building owner to discuss possible themes and design ideas. The mural stated a quote by Plato, “This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.” Additional wild style paintings adorned the mural. The mural has been partially dismantled due to renovations.
Graffiti Art Project Mural at La Retama Park:
Completed Spring 2009
La Retama Park (located between Schatzel, North Lower Broadway, Peoples and Mesquite Streets) was intended to be a revolving mural site that we would paint over every 6 months to a year. 40 graffiti art project participants completed the first mural here in the Spring of 2009. The original mural read “Keep Corpus Christi Colorful” and each letter was designed by a different participant with added embellishments surrounding it. The mural has subsequently been painted over twice. Now, the above mentioned “Aquatic Center” is in its place.
4 Murals: Mosquito, Paz, Lizzy, Sea Turtle
Completed in April 2006
Four murals located on the Lichtenstein Building at the corner of Lawrence St. and Chaparral St. in downtown Corpus Christi. The murals were painted at the request of the Corpus Christi Downtown Management District during a city effort to improve the appearance of downtown Corpus Christi. These murals are no more…the Lichtenstein Building was torn down in 2013.
Fighting to Rid Gangs in America, 2121 Mary Street, Corpus Christi, Texas
completed Summer 2000
Painted during the Summer Kids’ Art Program. 2 murals were painted indoors, as well. The murals were designed by children in the program. Lower sections of the outdoor mural were painted by the kids, while the high reaches of the outdoor mural was painted by K Space Artists: Ann-Michelle Morales, Jimmy Pena, and Michelle Smythe.