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Sprawling Mural Brightens Underside of Sacramento Freeway Viaduct

Caltrans News Flash #124 Public Art Advances Caltrans Commitment to Sustainability, Livable Public Spaces

Date: March 24, 2017
District: Headquarters
Contact: Gilbert Mohtes-Chan
Phone: (530) 741-4571
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

SACRAMENTO – Sacramento artists Hennessy Christophel and Sofia Lacin spent months working like modern-day Michelangelos to create one of the largest murals ever painted on a Caltrans structure.

The sprawling 70,000-square-foot mural on the underside of the U.S. Highway 50 viaduct near downtown Sacramento features a colorful canopy of 20 species of birds, monarch butterflies, dragon flies, bumblebees and trees reflecting the four seasons. The privately funded mural project brightens the once-drab environment for thousands of shoppers visiting the popular year-round Sunday Farmers Market.

In this Caltrans News Flash, Public Information Officer Gilbert Mohtes-Chan interviews the artists and describes how public art advances Caltrans' sustainability efforts by promoting livable public spaces at transportation corridors.

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This Caltrans News Flash is the 124th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube.

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