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Mural completed for installation at Levee Park in Hastings

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More birds were painted on the back side of the warming house. Each side of the container looks a little different from the others. Submitted photo2 / 7
Birds were used in the mural; something that Shakir said is easy to relate to a specific location. Every state has a state bird and most birds are local to a certain area, he said. Submitted photo3 / 7
The Color Dreamers used acrylic paints and finished the mural off with a top coat that helps prevent weathering. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 7
Amir Shakir, left, and Ivette Cabrera are pictured with the shipping container before work on the project began. Photo courtesy of City of Hastings5 / 7
The Color Dreamers were delayed due to rain on the first day of the project, but they still finished on time. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 7
The divots on the shipping container created a sort of 3D effect to the artwork. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 7

"The Color Dreamers" have completed their design entitled "Free Birds" on the warming house that will be seasonally placed at Levee Park in Hastings.

Artists and muralists Ivette Cabrera and Amir Shakir are based in Miami, Fla. They traveled to the city to complete a mural over the course of nine days. They started working after a brief delay due to weather. The outside was spray painted and the rest of the mural was added using acrylic paint.

The mural was added to the exterior of the warming house — a canvas that was a bit of a challenge for the artists. Shakir said that the container is unusually shaped with a lot of divots. Those features make it a little more complicated than working on a flat surface, but it also creates a unique look.

Shakir said that the different angles give the artwork some variety. Cabrera agreed.

"It gives it a sculptural and architectural element that makes it more interesting than just regular artwork," Cabrera said.

Cabrera said that the 3D element has made the project one of the best pieces they have worked on. She said that it was a great idea to commission art on the structure and she hopes the city does more.

The warming house was chosen for a commissioned piece of art in order to bring brightness and interest to Levee Park at a time when everything is typically washed out. The Public Arts Task Force team chose the mural entitled "Free Birds" for the project.

There is no set date on when the warming house will be installed at Levee Park, but city officials predict mid- to late-December.

The Color Dreamers have been posting their journey on their social media. They will soon release a timelapse video of the project. They can be found at or on Instagram @thecolordreamers.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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