Two artists teamed up to create an interactive mosaic mural, “Wings of Tyler,” which was unveiled Thursday in downtown Tyler at 101 E. Erwin St.
The mural, which features five sets of wings, is an international effort: One of the artists is from Texas, the other from Latvia.
In 2017, Cassie Edmonds and Dace Lucia Kidd started talking about what they could do together, independent of government funding, that would be conducive to both of their mediums, according to a news release from the artists.
Edmonds is a Texas native born in 1960. She is a veteran and a self-taught mosaic artist.
Kidd was born in 1987 in Riga, Latvia, and started taking art classes when she was 6. After moving to Texas, Kidd became a U.S. citizen in 2017. She works primarily with oil and acrylic on canvas but has created large-scale private and public mural installations.
Both artists loved the idea of painted wing murals that were popping up around the country, according to the news release.
Local downtown business owners and private investors helped fund the project, according to the artists.
“Wings of Tyler” consists of five sets of wings on the west side of the Edward Jones building, located at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Elm Street in downtown Tyler.
All five wings have sponsors who will be acknowledged with an engraved plaque, according to the news release. There will also be an additional plaque listing the names of project donors.