EL PASO, Texas- If you drive down to Galeria Lincoln in central El Paso, you'll be greeted with an 'I Heart EP' mural that sits on a wall right in front of the art gallery and right next to Old Sheepdog Brewery
The mural is a tribute to the victims of the August 3rd shooting and it’s a way to bring El Pasoans together through art.
“I did this piece in response to the tragedy that happened in August,” said Tino Ortega a local artist and co-owner of Galeria Lincoln, "We got in contact with some of the neighbors around the gallery and the bar owners wife's family was actually a victim of the mass shooting so it just made sense to bring that project back to life and what better place to start than here.”
It took Ortega a week to complete the mural that mimics silver lettered balloons and one red heart balloon. The mural spell out the phrase, 'I Heart EP' and attached to the bottom of each letter is an orange rope that gives the illusion that people are holding actual balloons when they take a photo.
“I’ve gotten nothing but love for it. There’s a lot of people that have come and have photo shoots here. They bring their kids. This is something that people have been flocking too,” said Ortega.
He is glad that his passion for art is able to bring our city together.
“I wanted people to be able to come and have something that’s interactive and they can interact with it and become a part of it.”
Galeria Lincoln is located at 3915 Rosa Ave. in central El Paso. The Gallery showcases artwork from local artists and provides a gift shop that sells clothing, jewelry and stickers from local artists and businesses.
During COVID-19 the gallery is following CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of their guests. Guests are required to wear face masks and are encouraged to make appointments online before heading out to the gallery.