Or at least that's what artist
On Friday afternoon, officials with the
"It's going to be a signature piece of Wichita for a long time," Jackson said.
The piece, "Music's Magic," was first conceptualized as a scale black and white model, which was then enlarged, Murillo said. Murillo and his assistant
"When people first drive by, it looks like a painting because of all the subtle grout colors," Murillo said. "You can't tell where one piece ends and another one starts. I want people to see it as one big, fluid design."
A variety of musical instruments and notes adorn the mural, which Jackson said reflects his passion for music.
"I don't play any instruments but I go to a lot of concerts," Jackson said. "I listen to music probably an hour or two every day, it seems like."
"Music's Magic" weighs about 3,000 pounds and is cemented, mortared and -- for good measure -- screwed into the Abode's facade. It cost between
"It won't be gone in six months or a year from now," Jackson said. "Ceramic tile never fades. There's ceramic tile in
Jackson is considered the founder of the
"Sometimes it just takes one key piece to get people thinking they want to be down there," he said.
He said the key to making
Multiple public art projects are underway in the district, including a mural series based on an "earth, wind, fire and water" theme. Two are done: One is on the west wall of The Anchor, one is on Logan Street Fine Wood Products, and the third and fourth will be installed closer to the Douglas and Oliver area, said
Jackson said Murillo took extra time on this mural, because he believed it could be his lasting legacy in Wichita. Though Murillo has been commissioned for many public art pieces in town before, including the standing stones at
"It's possible; I'll let history decide that," Murillo said.
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