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New public art mural at Daley Park shows neighborhood's visual history

Post Date:04/19/2018 12:00 PM

Local artist and Tempe resident Jake Early is helping to transform Daley Park by painting a beautiful, contemporary mural that chronicles the neighborhood’s history.

The mural, Meet Me at Daley Park, is a colorful blend of objects and silhouettes of people that represent how Daley Park has changed over the past hundred years. Early interviewed several neighborhood residents and worked with historians to create his design. He says he was inspired by the stories he heard while doing his research.

Early has lived in Tempe for 11 years. “The people who live in Daley Park are proud, colorful and often long-time residents who genuinely love their neighborhood,” Early said. “It’s almost as if the communities surrounding the park have developed an identity all their own. I designed a visual history of the neighborhood to try and tell that story.”

Early is painting the mural on a 377-foot wall that was built as part of a City of Tempe water utility capital project. He was selected through a competitive process to create the art for the project. It is his first commission for the City of Tempe. Early has painted murals for other clients that can be seen in Tempe. His work, America, American, Americans, is located on Mill Avenue near 14th Street.

It has taken Early three months to draw and design the mural and another 15 weeks to paint it. Shortly after he started painting, he broke his arm and had to heal. He picked the brush back up six weeks later. The mural will be finished next week, turning a water utility project into a beautiful, representative part of the community.  

Daily Park is located at 1625 S College Ave., Tempe. 

Learn more at www.tempe.gov/PublicArt.

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