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Downtown Tunnels Get a Makeover With Abilene’s First 3D Mural by International Artist


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Get ready for a delicious change of scenery around downtown Abilene! The Abilene Council for Cultural Affairs (ACAC) will illuminate two pedestrian tunnels next Thursday that connect the Cultural District to the SoDA district. There is a brilliant twist, however. These lights will illuminate the 3D mural of a hovering dragon in the tunnel behind the T&P Depot!

In an ACAC statement, the board said the project took three years of planning, approval and fundraising before it could finally come to fruition.

In partnership with the City of Abilene, ACAC will be responsible for lighting tunnels owned by the Union Pacific Railroad. In a tunnel, international artist Kurt Wenner was commissioned to create the city’s only 3D mural. This mural was designed so people can pose on the back of a dragon, and it looks like they’re riding it! You can also post on a castle tower, making it look like you are walking into city ​​of tales.

The photos above, provided by the Abilene Council of Cultural Affairs, show (left) Steve Butman in the lighted tunnel and (right) Nella in front of the unlit mural.

Funding was provided in part by private donations and a grant from the Cultural District of the Texas Commission on the Arts.

ACTA said:The purpose of the new lighting and dragon mural was to better connect the Abilene Cultural District north of the train tracks with the SoDA (South Downtown Abilene) district south of the train tracks and to use the arts as a tool for growth economic..”


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