"The Color Dreamers" have completed their design entitled "Free Birds" on the warming house that will be seasonally placed at Levee Park in Hastings.
Artists and muralists Ivette Cabrera and Amir Shakir are based in Miami, Fla. They traveled to the city to complete a mural over the course of nine days. They started working after a brief delay due to weather. The outside was spray painted and the rest of the mural was added using acrylic paint.
The mural was added to the exterior of the warming house - a canvas that was a bit of a challenge for the artists. Shakir said that the container is unusually shaped with a lot of divots. Those features make it a little more complicated than working on a flat surface, but it also creates a unique look.
Shakir said that the different angles give the artwork some variety. Cabrera agreed.
"It gives it a sculptural and architectural element that makes it more interesting than just regular artwork," Cabrera said.
Cabrera said that the 3D element has made the project one of the best pieces they have worked on. She said that it was a great idea to commission art on the structure and she hopes the city does more.
The warming house was chosen for a commissioned piece of art in order to bring brightness and interest to Levee Park at a time when everything is typically washed out. The Public Arts Task Force team chose the mural entitled "Free Birds" for the project.
There is no set date on when the warming house will be installed at Levee Park, but city officials predict mid- to late-December.
The Color Dreamers have been posting their journey on their social media. They will soon release a timelapse video of the project. They can be found at www.facebook.com/thecolordreamers or on Instagram @thecolordreamers.