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New mural in Downtown Moline

A 2018 mural in Dubuque by the artists, titled "America Needs A Hug."
A 2018 mural in Dubuque by the artists, titled "America Needs A Hug."

An arcade in downtown Moline is the home for a new public art piece.

The mural was painted on the outside wall of Analog Pizza and Arcade by Jari Alvarez, who goes by WERC, and Gera Lozano, or GERALUZ.

Dan Bush is the co-owner of Analog Pizza and Arcade.

"The artists have been super great to work with, very communicative, and ultimately it's just been a fun process to watch, seeing a mural of that scale being done in real time is something I probably won't get to experience like this again."

The Brooklyn artists' colorful murals can be found in cities across the country, including Dubuque. The Moline mural took a week to paint.

The city-funded mural was organized by The Moline Public Art Commission and Quad City Arts. It's the commission's first public art project since its formation in 2021.

Bush says downtown Moline is going through a "renaissance."

"It has to look the part, when people come to visit, when you have a bunch of old buildings, anything that you can do to really kind of spruce it up and give it some color is a positive thing."

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Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.