A new nature-themed mural is coming to the Harbor District

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A new mural is coming to South Water Street in the Harbor District. Artist Justin Suarez is painting a mural of Milwaukee River wildlife at 546 S. Water St. 

The new nature-themed mural is scheduled to be painted between Aug. 1 and Aug. 15. 

The wall is being donated by Elementis LTP, Inc. as part of their continued partnership with Business Improvement District 51 (BID 51).

According to officials, the mural will depict a waterfront scene highlighting animal species found in the greater Milwaukee River watershed including an otter, beaver, and belted kingfisher. 

"The featured species were present in the Milwaukee River watershed in great numbers many years ago, but mostly disappeared as the health of our rivers deteriorated. In recent years, as the health of our waterways improved, these species are beginning to return with beaver and otter sightings in downtown Milwaukee," a press release states. 

The mural is part of a series of art and identity projects by BID 51 and Harbor District, Inc. meant to enliven and activate Milwaukee's industrial working waterfront, according to the Harbor District, Inc.

“The board and property owners of BID 51 are excited to see the creation of this mural. Our talented artist, Justin Suarez, is creating a work of art that celebrates the successful environmental transformation of the waterways that are defining elements of the Harbor District and the City of Milwaukee,” said David Stegeman, BID 51 Board Chair.

Suarez, also known as Aerosol Kingdom, is an artist who celebrates the rural and the urban. He has over 18 years of experience and has painted murals across the US with his work exhibited around the world. 

Officials say the project is supported by several Harbor District partners. Elementis LTP, Inc. donated the wall for the mural and the Pfister Hotel donated lodging for Suarez while he is in town. Coordination and logistical support for the project provided by Wallpapered City, Harbor District, Inc., and Wisconsin Lift Truck.

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