Samoa Bridge Mural Project will be part of the 2022 Eureka Street Art Festival

EUREKA, Calif.(KIEM)- Caltrans along with the City of Eureka kicked off the Samoa bridge murals project. They will be part of the annual Eureka Street Art Festival.

“This is our fifth year of the festival, and I just think it’s a great example of what citizens in our community can do when they have an awesome idea. And so I hope that people see this project and feel inspired to make a change in their own community,” said Jenna Catsos, Eureka Street Art Festival Co-Founder.

“I was delighted to learn that Julia Peterson applied for a Clean California grant to complete art projects in Eureka. I hope that with the success of this project, the city and Caltrans can continue to do great work together. Thank you, Julia, for your forethought and vision,” said Swan Asbury, City of Eureka Economic Development Manager.

This project was made possible by Governor Gavin Newsom’s clean California initiative. The 1.1 billion multiyear clean-up effort led by Caltrans to remove trash, create thousands of jobs and engage communities to transform public spaces and among those thousands of jobs created are the jobs to paint the murals by local artist,

“I really like making public work and always need more projects and more walls. So, to see that there was an organization in the community in the town that I relocated to is really exciting and positive,” said Kyle Sanders, Mural Artist.

These artist are creating murals on four of the land-based columns that support the bridge, which spans Humboldt Bay on state route 255, the art will allow the area to beautify the recreational area, discourage graffiti, and advancing plans for future improvements on the waterfront.

This year the 2022 Festival will take place August 1st – 6th and will focus on bringing public art to the Bridge District in Eureka.

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