Two new murals have been approved for the Willy Street corridor on the near east side, adding to the street's already vibrant collection of artwork.
Michael Owen, a muralist and painter from Baltimore, has been tapped to create a new mural on the side of Plan B at 924 Williamson St. The building is owned by Chuck Chvala, who has donated money toward the project. (Other funds will come from the Madison Community Foundation, Plan B itself and a fundraiser.)
Owen started the Baltimore Love Project several years ago, in 2008, spelling out the word "LOVE" in sign language on some 20 walls all over the city.
The murals, according to the project's Facebook page, are "identical in regards to content, only ranging in size." Madison's mural will have the same design.
On the back of the building, near Cha Cha Beauty & Barber, local artist Craig Grabhorn is designing another mural. Muralist Sharon Kilfoy, who went to the Marquette Neighborhood Association Art and Culture Committee meeting where both were approved, said it may have a "broken heart" or "heart with wings" theme.