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Moline, IL – At 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, Mercado on Fifth is unveiling three colorful murals that celebrate Hispanic culture on its newly renovated building.

The approximately 2,500-square-feet of murals feature a ballet folklorico dancer in a colorful gown, a field of marigold flowers and images inspired by Day of the Dead among other intricate details. The murals also pay homage to the organization’s history with a realistic portrait of Mercado on Fifth founder Bob Ontiveros.

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“We hope this mural inspires Hispanic cultural pride to the thousands of Latinos that call the Quad Cities home,” said Mercado President Maria Ontiveros. “The artwork is a gift to honor the community that has made Mercado on Fifth such a vibrant place to start the weekend.”

Mercado on Fifth partnered with Chicago-based artist Czr Prz to create the murals located at their new building off 4th Ave. just south of the Vibrant Arena. The artist and his team worked over a period of a month to complete the project. “We put a lot of trust into Czr to cover 3 sides of the building, and he did not let us down,” said Ontiveros. “The details are stunning.”

The community members are invited to the mural unveiling at the Mercado on Fifth building at 423 12th St. Moline, IL 61265 at 11:30 am on Thursday, November 10. The muralist, Czr Prz, and Mercado on Fifth representatives will be present. 

About the artist

Czr Prz (Caesar Perez) is a contemporary artist working in sculpture and large-scale aerosol murals. Born and raised in Chicago, Prz’s 20-year creative career has spanned North America and Europe. Prz enjoys telling stories with his artwork in the folkloric tradition instilled by his Latino-Caribbean upbringing. His colorful pieces balance the beauty of ancient and natural elements with futuristic surrealism and incorporate symbols culled from traditional sources and pop culture alike.

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