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New mural on Monroe Street celebrates Madison for All

The Madison Arts Commission invites you to celebrate Madison’s newest mural, The Madison Mural by collaborative artists Triangulador and Henrique Nardi.

Liz Lauer, the new building owner of 2526 Monroe Street, commissioned a new mural as a gift to her neighbors. “From the first time I saw the wall space and knew I was creating a second Madison office for my firm, I wanted to connect with an artist to create a warm and inviting space along the corridor and give back to the neighborhood and community before opening our shop.” She added, “I gave the artists a blank wall and said they could decide what art would be seen by so many and I am beyond thrilled with their vision and talent. I love art and artist and feel fortunate to have had a space for their passion.”

In their Art in Public Places Looks Forward proposal to the Madison Arts Commission, the artists explained, “The ‘Madison For All’ project aims to celebrate Madison and its inclusiveness while giving visibility to its Latinx community. Our simple goal is to paint the word “Madison” into the former Monroe Street Arts Center building sidewall. The artwork shall combine Triangulador’s expressive and colorful street patterns with a lettering inspired by an enduring tradition of decorative letters sign painted in boats from the Amazon region in Brazil.”

The bright, inspiring result, which includes a Madison flag, has already been noticed throughout the neighborhood. District Alder Tag Evers remarked, “The new mural on Monroe Street is such a colorful boost to our neighborhood’s mood during these challenging times, living proof that public art can lift the public spirit. Bravo!”

Henrique Nardi (@tipocracia_) is a Brazilian graphic designer, letterpress printer, and UW Art Department lecturer. He has worked with other artists in two Madison public artworks: the “Better Together” and the “Try A Little Tenderness” murals.

Triangulador / Liubóv Szwako (@triangulador) is a Mexico City-born street artist and muralist working in Madison, WI. Besides spray painting discarded mattresses, Liubóv also explores a multitude of materials, like cloth, plastic, and glass.

In lieu of an in person mural dedication, the artists would appreciate celebrating with you all virtually. Please stop by and take a selfie and post it to your social media with the hashtag #madisonmural.  Make an outing of it and stop by a Monroe Street Eatery or grab a cone from Michael’s frozen custard or enjoy a visit to Wingra Park.

Liz Lauer, commissioned the artists, secured necessary permits and permissions, and supplied equipment for this project.

The Madison Arts Commission supported this mural through their Art in Public Places Looks Forward program created to promote positivity in neighborhoods and help support artists who have lost income due to COVID19. To support a full creative life for all, the Madison Arts Commission commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable city.

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Photo Credit:
The Madison Mural (2020) by Triangulador and Henrique Nardi. Photo Jim Escalante