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Mural honoring inaugural poet Amanda Gorman in Palm Springs

If you're looking to get out of the house you might want to check out one of Palm Spring's newest murals.

“Art can be a message and this is a very strong and powerful message,” Russell Pritchard a commissioner at the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission told News Channel 3.

Pritchard came up with the idea for the new Amanda Gorman mural.

“We really wanted to use this image because it is the iconic image of her blasting on the public stage at the inauguration,” he said.

An LA-based artist Mister Alek painted this portrait of Gorman. She’s the poet who read her work at President Biden's inauguration and at the Super Bowl.

In this mural, Gorman is surrounded by butterflies and the word "unity.''

“Just listening to Amanda's poem which I’ve now done numerous times, unity, sort of setting free the world releasing positive energy to the universe, butterflies sort of signify that," Pritchard said.

The 60 feet wide by 15 feet tall mural can be found in the “art pit” near Belardo road and Museum way.

“We’re in the process of making a sign that’ll be up on the top sidewalk of the fence that will have a QR code linking to her poem at the inauguration," he said.

The mural was made possible through a $5,000 community arts grant program and will remain up through the end of 2021 if not longer.

“It’s a message whether we’re democrat or republican that we all need to embrace and understand," Pritchard said.

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Caitlin Thropay

Caitlin Thropay is the Weekend Morning Anchor and Lifestyle Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3, The Desert’s News Leader. Learn more about Caitlin here.


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