New Mural With Czech Roots to be Unveiled Soon in the Czech Village/New Bohemia District

Aug 25, 2020

A new mural is on the way for the Czech Village/New Bohemia District! The piece will be displayed on the east side of the Novak Building at 56 16th Avenue SW, facing the Cedar River, which currently houses Graham Construction Company.

The mural will be completed late summer by local artist Ali Hval. As an ode to the District’s Czech roots, the mural is designed in the style of famous Czech artist Alphonse Mucha. Mucha worked in the Art Nouveau style, which emphasizes organic, flowing lines and became popular in Europe and the U.S. in the late 1800s to 1910s. A traditional Mucha figure will be used in the middle, semi-circular portion of the mural. Imagery in the arches depart from Mucha’s specific style and becomes more contemporary, while still being drawn in an Art Nouveau style. All the elements in the image can be found in Iowa — morel mushrooms, oak leaves, wild roses, a goldfinch, prairie grasses, bluebells, and other types of wildflowers proliferate the arches and “flower crown” of the central figure.

Funds are being raised to help support the completion of the mural. Donors of $500 or above will be recognized on the mural. If you or your business would like to contribute, reach out to the Economic Alliance.

Thank you to Cedar Rapids Main Street for assisting with this project and Murals & More for working with the SSMID Commission to complete the project. Diamond Vogel donated all of the paint being used on the mural. Members of the Hawkeye Area Labor Council and the Building Trades Council hired DA Bunch to paint a base coat and final background color for the mural.

Increased public art is one of three top priorities for the Czech Village/New Bohemia SSMID in 2020. Streetscape aesthetics and continued District communication are additional priorities for the District this year. For more SSMID information and detail on these priorities, visit www.cedarrapids.org/czechvillagenewbodistrict.




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