Mister Cartoon Masterpiece to be Installed along the Red Line today

If you ride MetroRail into downtown, or you poke around in central east Austin on occasion, you’ll be seeing a brand new mural that’s been taking shape this week and will be completely installed today. From the view onboard the train, you’ll see the action going up on the backside of the LIVESTRONG Foundation headquarters building, near the Robert T. Martinez, Jr. crossing.

Mister Cartoon working on the LiveStrong mural, on Oct. 12. Photo credit: Mister Cartoon.

What a coup! The artist is Mister Cartoon of LA fame, who has been hanging out in the neighborhood and beginning the installation.  And what a great idea, too. The idea behind the mural, according to LIVESTRONG, is “to create a mural that captures the LIVESTRONG spirit and serves as a tribute to people affected by cancer around the world and a work of art for the entire East Austin community to enjoy.”

Capital Metro has supported the development and installation of the mural, which is located along the Red Line tracks at Robert Martinez, Jr., east of the Plaza Saltillo Station. Rail safety outreach coordinator (and our public art liaison) Alissa Schram has incorporated a rail safety education element into the proceedings today. Art students from Eastside High will help the artist do the final installation later today, and all will be briefed on the in’s and out’s of being safe around railroad tracks.

If you’re riding MetroRail today, put your book down between MLK and Plaza Saltillo stations, and check out the awesome mural going in!

Raúl Valdez Mural Unveiling

"Do it for the Children" by Raúl Valdez, 2010.

The next time you’re visiting Capital Metro’s headquarters on East 5th Street, mosey around to the east side entrance and enjoy a new art installation by local artist Raúl Valdez, “Do it for the Children.”

Capital Metro President/CEO Linda S. Watson, city of Austin Medical Director Dr. Philip Huang and artist Raúl Valdez unveiled the mural in a ceremony yesterday.   Check out all the photos from the unveiling and the installation on flickr.

The 7-foot by 12-foot mural was commissioned as a gift to Capital Metro employees and the community, and it transforms an outdoor break area formerly used mainly for smoke breaks. You may recall this past summer, Capital Metro became a tobacco-free workplace and began an initiative to create tobacco-free transit facilities for the health and safety of employees and our riders. (Capital Metro continues the implementation of tobacco free transit facilities on Jan. 16, when several park & rides and transit centers will go tobacco-free.) Continue reading “Raúl Valdez Mural Unveiling”