CALEXICO â€“ The City of Calexico and the Calexico Arts Commission proudly unveiled Tuesday, atÂ the South-East and North walls of the Calexico Chamber of Commerce building on Imperial Avenue the finalÂ mural in a series of seven by local artist, Eddie Schiffer.
â€œI wanted to paint something that resembled the County. The elephant and chameleon represent growth in a slow but constant changing movement, while the gypsy represents culture,â€ said Schiffer.
The â€œStudy In Color Movementâ€ mural features a spray can, a spin and an Indian elephant on the South-East wall utilizing cool colors and a chameleon, a lady gypsy, and a spray can on the north wall utilizing cool colors.
â€œI normally donâ€™t name my murals. It was tough coming up with one and even though I named it ‘Study In Color Movement’, I know people will refer to it as the elephant mural,â€ said Schiffer.
Calexico Chamber of Commerce executive director, Hildy Carillo, requested the mural to be big and colorful to attract people to the building, something that would catch peopleâ€™s eyes.
â€œI didnâ€™t want the typical border town painting and when I saw Eddieâ€™s proposed drawing I absolutely loved it. Eddie knows exactly what it is to be in the art world, discipline, deadline and talent and heâ€™s got all three.â€ said Carillo.
The ‘Study In Color Movement’ is the second mural Schiffer painted in the city (Calexico). Additionally, Schiffer has assisted with other murals displayed throughout the city.
â€œI was 23 when I first picked up a paint brush, and then later decided to take painting class.â€ said Schiffer. â€œPainting is my passion.â€
Schiffer currently writes curriculum for various schools and offers a free class at The Rainforest Arts Center once per week.[envira-gallery id=”70352″]