Save the mural! Local artist's work needs new home - Tucson News Now

Save the mural! Local artist's work needs new home

Entrance to the childrens wing at Joel Valdez Main Library. (Source: Tucson News Now) Entrance to the childrens wing at Joel Valdez Main Library. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Mural at the entrance to the childrens wing at Joel Valdez Main Library Mural at the entrance to the childrens wing at Joel Valdez Main Library
Mural at the entrance to the childrens wing at Joel Valdez Main Library Mural at the entrance to the childrens wing at Joel Valdez Main Library
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A local artist is asking the public help to find a new home for two murals that have been on display at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library in downtown Tucson for more than a quarter of a century.  

In 1991, Ellen Fountain was awarded a public art commission to paint the two large murals that flank the entrance to the children's wing at the library. The murals were installed in May 1992.

Twenty six years later, the library is undergoing renovation. Library administrators told Fountain the murals will be removed and replaced by rotating exhibits of art by children. 

"I know nothing is forever, but I would like to see these murals find a new home instead of going to the landfill," Fountain said. "They could happily reside in a day care center, school, another library or the children's wing of a hospital."

Do you know of a good place for these murals? Be sure to email Tucson News Now digital reporter Michael Colaianni at mcolaianni@tucsonnewsnow.com.

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