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Dedication of "Cool Succulents" Mural

African American news - Luis Ituarte's "Cool Succulents" mural dedicatedArtist Luis Ituarte's "Cool Succulents" mural was be dedicated on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at The Pasadena Fish Market & Restaurant, 181 E. Orange Grove Blvd., between Fair Oaks and Marengo.

The 800 sq. ft. mural is on the west wall of the Fish Market, on 18 oz. weather-resistant canvas, with ultra violent (URV) application protection. The mural will remain on the wall for a five-year period.

The mural project is a City of Pasadena Arts and Culture commission-funded program.

Concerning the mural, Artist Ituarte explained:  "The need communities have for cultural validation usually surfaces through miracles or in a subliminal way. This mural is the echo of that and it was a pleasure to be an instrument to make it happen."

The owner of The Pasadena Fish Market and Restaurant, Cliff Douglas, says he likes the way the mural looks on the building and his customers have told him they admire the mural.

Denzil Huph, manager of Community Arms Apartments, adjacent to the Fish Market, said he could see the mural every day from his office window and it puts a smile on his face and brightens up the street and comnunity.

Couilcilman Chris Holden will open the dedication, and stated he is thrilled to have the mural project in his district because it is an exciting way to bring arts and culture to the Northwest Community.

Rochelle Branch, Cultural Affairs Division Manager for the City of Pasadena, pointed out that it is important to support local community-based public art, and the mural is a lovely addition to the neighborhood.


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