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Mural artist wants to meet community

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The artist chosen to paint a giant mural in La Crosse is looking to learn more about the community.

John Pugh is here this week, meeting people and seeing the city.

He'll use that information to paint his Trompe l'oeil – a bigger-than-life mural with a 3D illusion – that will be painted on a building in the city that hasn't been chosen yet.

The La Crosse Arts Board said the entire project will cost about $125,000. A National Endowment of the Arts ‘Our Town' Grant supplies $25,000. The rest of the money comes from the city, private donations, and a potential second grant.

"It is a rich experience for me as an artist. My favorite part of the mural project is developing and researching to conceptualize a unique piece," Pugh said.

Up to three local students and one community apprentice will help Pugh work back at his California Studio.

The Trompe l'oeil should be completed and dedicated in June.

This week the community is invited to public meeting to meet Pugh and share what makes La Crosse a special place.

Public Meetings:

  • Monday, Oct. 21 at the South Side Neighborhood Center, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Pump House Regional Art Center, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts Center, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
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