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Giving Indio's murals some TLC

Vintage and commissioned murals, often depicting historic scenes, and sprinkled across downtown Indio, are not only viewed as a cornerstone and legacy of public art in the City, but a source of pride for residents. Murals such as Rebirth, and Monarch Migration, display the vibrance of the flora and fauna of this desert hideaway. The Transportation mural on Indio Blvd. (which is also the oldest mural in the city, dating back to 1997) and the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians mural, connect us to the beauty of the City’s origins and how far it has progressed today.

Those who have been out and about have noticed the beloved murals are in varying states of disrepair, and it is fair to ask “What’s up with that?!” As a City, "We get it and we hear you."

Here’s the not-so-simple answer. Through the assistance of the Public Arts Commission, the City has made repairs to many of the murals over the years to save these pieces for the community. The reality is that the age of the murals, the weather, vandalism and in some cases structural issues, continue to pose a challenge to these works of art looking their best. In addition, in some cases, the City does not have the legal authority to alter, improve, or dedicate funds to the restoration of murals on private property.

These murals need more than just a manicure! They need a full spa day! In order to make lasting repairs to some of these murals, the City is engaging the expertise of specialists who have experience in mural conservation and restoration. The City is dedicated to doing our utmost to save and restore as many murals as we can, so that another generation of Indio residents can experience and enjoy these historic works of art.

Recently, the City has taken additional steps to work with the building owners where the murals are located in an effort to gain their permission to begin restoration.

Learn more about Indio's Arts in Public Places program, the Indio Arts Commission, and the murals themselves at Indio.org

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