The 20x21EUG Mural Project is an initiative of the City of Eugene Cultural Service’s Public Art Program to create 20 or more world-class outdoor murals in Eugene between now and the 2021 IAAF World Championships. This is the first time the World Championships will be held in the United States.
The concept of a large scale public art project such as 20x21EUG came from Isaac Marquez, Public Art Manager for the City of Eugene and is rooted in Eugene’s rich history of public art, dating back to the Oregon International Sculpture Symposium in 1974. Isaac gathered a committee of arts organisations and community members passionate about the project and street art.
Initially, the group decided to create ten murals over five years, but interest from the artists and public was so overwhelming that the goal was doubled prior to the first mural being created. As the project continues to grow, 20x21EUG seeks to engage local artists in creating murals and international artist exchanges while creating internationally recognised street art as the community prepares to host the world Championships.
The project began in 2016 and has three completed murals from last year, which included murals by Acidum Project (Brazil), Beau Stanton (USA) and Steven Lopez (USA).
Starting off 2017 20x21EUG Mural Project in Eugene, Oregon is Chinese street artist Hua Tunan, who is one of the biggest names on the international street art scenes.
Hua fuses his traditional Chinese methods taught to him by his father, with Western graffiti styles, staying true to his Chinese heritage but with an urban twist.
Hua Tunan paints in red a Chinese dragon, who are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and Chinese folklore. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it.
To the right of the dragon Hua paints Tigers. Hua plays an active role to protect the Tiger from the illegal tiger trade. Read more here.
Hua makes the final touches to the 20x21EUG Mural Project…
The final mural on Hua Tunan mural at 411 West 4th Avenue can be viewed below, with photos by Ben Schorzman, of City of Eugene Recreation and Cultural Services.
Check out the close up shots to see all the movement Hua Tunan creates in his paintings …
The 20x21EUG Mural Project committee members include: Paul Denis Godin, ADR Chambers/Stitt Feld Handy Group, Isaac Marquez, Public Art Manager, City of Eugene, Joseph (Joe) Moore, GMA Architects, Thomas Pettus-Czar, The Barn Light, Jessica Watson, Lane Arts Council, and Debbie Williamson-Smith, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
The project will culminate with an exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art opening in June 2021.