All aboard! The second art train is set to be unveiled Saturday.
The artwork collection is entitled “Re-train your mind.” It was painted by local artist Jay “Areo” Rivera.
Rivera is a Puerto Rican writer and graffiti artist. He was born in Bronx, New York, where he later developed a taste for street art. Over time, he refined his skills and began painting murals. He joined the military as an infantryman and served three tours in Iraq.
Rivera launched his company Laced and Found, which creates custom artwork and clothing earlier this year. He hopes to open an art collective gallery in Temple.
Rivera has painted dozens of projects and murals this year using spray paint.
“Public art is an important element in a thriving downtown,” said Dan Kelleher, Temple’s Main Street Manager. "These installations will beautify our downtown as well as encourage people to shop local and support downtown restaurants and shops.”
The Temple Art Train Project features small replicas of old steam engines, which are being installed throughout the downtown area.
Temple received an Anice Read Grant from Texas Downtown Association totaling $4,000 to fund art installations.
The train will be unveiled at 2 p.m. at the Main Street Courtyard located at 5 S. Main Street in Temple.
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