- Associated Press - Saturday, December 15, 2018

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Two artists are bringing more waves to a South Texas city along the Gulf of Mexico in the form of a large new mural.

Corpus Christi artists John Olvey and Kaleigh Glover recently unveiled their mural “City by the Sea” along the side of the Corpus Christi Trade Center. The pair spent eight days working on the 200-foot (61-meter) outdoor artwork, which features beach scenery with crashing waves and palm trees, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported .

“We wanted to bring the feel of the city to the building not only for tourists but for the whole community,” said Mari Haft, a family member of the building’s owner who helped create the project.

Olvey and Glover have been planning the project with the Trade Center since May.

“The (Trade Center) wanted a simple wavescape design across the side of the building,” Glover said. “We wanted it to be simple so it wouldn’t distract people on the highway, but also give it a lot of bright colors to make it pop.”

Olvey, 64, is a former national surfing champion who currently works in a variety of artistic mediums. Glover, 27, created The Art Project CC, where she helps businesses decorate with the help of local artists.

“I think Corpus is on an upward slope of creative and beautiful aesthetics here in this town,” Glover said. “I think this mural will add something really pretty and something new. It’s exciting.”

Olvey added that, “Anytime you add some color and art to the community, it’s a good thing.”

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, http://www.caller.com

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