Ashley Macias recently began prep work on a brand new mural project called “Lucid City” on the corner of Second and Adams streets.
A colorful, celebratory and personal reflection of downtown, Macias’ piece was selected through a public call to artists by Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI), Artlink, and the Phoenix Convention Center. The call was inspired by the #DearDTPHX photo and caption contest, launched by DPI in August 2020.
Known for her surrealist imagery blending humans, animals, plants and elements of nature — Macias’ large-scale work can be seen on the rooftop-deck of the Cambria Hotel Downtown Phoenix, inside The Golden Margarita on Roosevelt Row, within the six-part Black Lives Matter mural at Third and McKinley streets, and on numerous other walls in central Phoenix.
The goal of the #DearDTPHX campaign was to connect the community through art during a time of physical separation due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It was also about uplifting diverse perspectives, and celebrating the beauty, history and culture of downtown.
“#DearDTPHX…We love your murals, we love your culture, we love your food, we love that you let us skate on your sidewalks, and we love your acceptance!” – @jennyloveparks / Jenny Aranda
Like the caption above illustrates, it became an outpouring and celebration of all things — big and small — that make this city great. With more than 150 submissions, people from around the Valley shared their love for Downtown Phoenix on Instagram.
In addition to winning a Downtown Phoenix prize package, the four winning entries were also included in the call to artists, with the goal of using the words and images to inspire a Downtown Phoenix mural or art installation.
From the pool of talented Phoenix artists included in the call, Macias was able to really capture the passion and sentiment behind #DearDTPHX, in addition to conveying some of her own love for downtown.
The mural is expected to be complete by the end of March.