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MAY 29 – JUNE 1

JUNE 1 | 5-9PM
JUNE 2 | 10AM-8PM




Dreamscape Mural rendering

Dreamscape Mural

The city of Saint Paul is hard at work renovating Rice Park — just at the edge of the Family Festival grounds. So we’re transforming the fence around the park into interactive art! The Ordway, in partnership with Forecast Public Art, has commissioned Electric Machete Studios to design and produce two block-long murals along the Washington and 5th Street sides of the park.

What is the Dreamscape Mural?

Dreamscape Mural concept renderings
Concept renderings by Electric Machete Studios

Reflecting the themes of the 2018 Family Festival (including the giant bunnies invading downtown), Electric Machete’s design for the Dreamscape Mural features Indigenous Mayan glyphs and a starry night moon landscape, with rabbits jumping over the fence and moon. In Mayan cosmology and folklore, the rabbit in the moon is a common image; the rabbit is an iconic representation of creativity, making it a natural compliment to the Festival’s celebration of imagination and exploration.

The mural itself will incorporate washes of acrylic watercolor, with graphic overlay of line drawings  influenced by graffiti, airbrush, and traditional Mayan storytelling epigraphy. The inclusion of chalkboard elements transform the mural into an opportunity for even the youngest festivalgoers to contribute to this public art installation!

About Forecast Public Art

Forecast fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design, and transformative place-making. They’ve strived for 40 years to improve the collective life of communities through a unique combination of responsive consulting services, rare one-to-one support for public artists, and abundant resources, including Public Art Review, the world’s leading public art journal.

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About Electric Machete Studios

Located in the historic Latinx West Side neighborhood of St. Paul, Electric Machete Studios is a Twin Cities art and music collective, a fine arts gallery and performance space, a print house, and a boutique featuring the work of Latinx and Xicanx artists Indigenous to las Ámericas. Experienced artists lead cultural arts workshops and public engagements rooted in their studio practices for the advancement of traditional arts.

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