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New murals bring more local art to downtown San Luis Obispo

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A wraparound mural at the back of the Fremont Theater and Woodstock’s Pizza is the work of Boston-based artist Maria Molteni. It connects the Seven Sisters to the seven Pleiades. “If you look at the picture, you can see there are the seven peaks that are painted, and then the ship on the wall in Woodstock has seven sails, and that’s in reference to how the cluster of Pleaides stars were used for ocean navigation,” said Emma Saperstein, chief curator of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

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While strolling around San Luis Obispo these days, you may have noticed new murals on several downtown facades.

The murals are the result of a variety of artistic endeavors.

A Marsh Street Bridge mural depicting a floral scene was coordinated by the SLO County Arts Council and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and painted by Marmalade Mural Co., a creative firm comprised of artists Amy McKay, Missy Reitner and Neal Breton.

McKay, a former landscape architect, came up with the idea and cited her favorite native wildflowers on the Central Coast as the inspiration, according to a press release.

Reconstruction of the bridge was completed earlier this year, strengthening and improving the city’s roadway.

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A new mural on the Marsh Street Bridge features native California wildflowers including lupine, Indian paintbrush and California poppies. It was created by Marmalade Mural Co. David Middlecamp [email protected]

In a separate project, Marmalade Mural Co. also created another mural at 2640 Broad St., the building owned by the Natural Healing Center, showcasing familiar landmarks throughout SLO County, including the Mission, settlements vineyards and the coastline.

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A new mural on the side of the Natural Healing Center building on Broad Street features familiar landmarks throughout County SLO, including the Mission, vineyards and coastline. David Middlecamp [email protected]

Fremont Theater and Woodstock Mural

Additionally, SLOMA commissioned Boston-based artist Maria Molteni to transform the back of the Fremont Theater with a mural that wraps around Woodstock’s Pizza, featuring a colorful depiction that draws inspiration from the peaks of the Seven Sisters Mountains.

Molteni, who identifies with them/their pronouns, uses a “really intentional research process and wants to make sure the work reflects the community, and their style in general is that they include a really intentional use of color” , Emma said. Saperstein, chief curator of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

Saperstein added: “Maria has brilliantly connected this to the Pleiades, the star cluster of Greek mythology, and much of the symbolism that develops on the mural wall connects the seven Morros to the seven Pleiades.”

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A wraparound mural at the back of the Fremont Theater and Woodstock’s Pizza is the work of Boston-based artist Maria Molteni. It connects the Seven Sisters to the seven Pleiades. “If you look at the picture, you can see there are the seven peaks that are painted, and then the ship on the wall in Woodstock has seven sails, and that’s in reference to how the cluster of Pleaides stars were used for ocean navigation,” said Emma Saperstein, chief curator of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art David Middlecamp. [email protected]

“If you look at the picture, you can see there are the seven peaks that are painted, and then the ship on the wall in Woodstock has seven sails, and that’s in reference to how the cluster of Pleaides star was used for ocean navigation,” Saperstein said.

Saperstein said the public art planning, which took place in coordination with the municipal government of SLO, strives to find ways to represent community identity through the work.

“As you walk downtown, a lot of people take Higuera Street, and we really want the murals to feel like they identify with downtown and the city,” Saperstein said. . “There is a similar dialogue happening with roundabouts. We want to do to show, ‘How do you know when you enter San Luis Obispo and what can we do to identify our city?’

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Nick Wilson covers the city of San Luis Obispo and has been a reporter for the San Luis Obispo Tribune since 2004. He also writes regularly on K-12 education, Cal Poly, Morro Bay and Los Osos. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley and is originally from Ojai.