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Published on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Artist Kelsey Montague creates three downtown murals commissioned by the City of San Antonio as a part of international "What Lifts You" campaign

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 18, 2015) — Artist Kelsey Montague, a representative from District 1 Councilman Roberto C. Treviño’s office and partner organizations unveiled three public murals created as a part of Montague's international "What Lifts You" campaign. The murals, commissioned by the City of San Antonio, are located at the Houston Street Garage, Travis Park and on Houston Street across from the Majestic Theater (217 Houston Street).

All the pieces are interactive, unique and filled with images that represent the San Antonio community. The Travis Park mural of balloons is the first color mural Montague has created for the “What Lifts You” campaign. The Navarro Street mural of butterfly wings depicts images of transportation and historic Houston Street. The Houston Street mural of doves sends a message of peace and love to our community. The public is encouraged to post pictures with the murals on social media under the hashtag #whatliftsyou. The murals will be up for at least 90 days.

“The 'What Lifts You' campaign gives people in our community the opportunity to become a living work of art and share what inspires them," Councilman Treviño said. “I’m excited to have these murals gracing our public downtown spaces."

The campaign began in 2014, and Montague has traveled to locations as diverse as Australia, New Zealand and New York City for the interactive community art project. Her art has been featured by Entertainment Weekly, Instagram, Taylor Swift, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and MTV.

The interactive art exhibit is one part of the City’s efforts to enhance the parking experience downtown. Along with the City's OPEN pop-up shop program and past downtown public art installations, the "What Lifts You" campaign is another great way for the public to engage in downtown public spaces. Convenient payment options, wayfinding signage and other aesthetic improvements will further enhance the visitor experience.

The downtown installation was created in partnership with Center City Development & Operations, the Office of Historic Preservation, the Department for Culture and Creative Development, Centro San Antonio, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, San Antonio Parks Foundation, GDC Marketing & Ideation, and The St. Anthony Hotel.