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Giant Statement: New murals electrify Downtown Auburn walls

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Two new giant murals are now gracing the Downtown Auburn streetscape.

Using robotics and specially formulated graffiti paint, Estonia-based SprayPrinter moved in Friday and Saturday on blank walls to create colorful, eye-catching murals.

The first mural was sprayed onto the High Street wall of the State Theatre, providing a larger-than-life artistic rendering of the distinctive art-deco neon sign above the Lincoln Way entrance to the restored movie house.

The State Theatre mural was completed Friday, allowing SprayPrinter to move on to the side wall of the nearby former Auburn City Hall building in the Central Square Art Park.

Auburn artist Frank Ordaz was present to watch a huge version of his painting of Sugar Plump Fairy Raenel Toste emerge on the wall — in triplicate. The Sugar Plump Fairies are a group of men and women in Auburn who mirthfully dress up in outrageous fairy costumery and take part in good works in the community.

The Auburn Arts Commission gained approval this summer from the city of Auburn for the city hall mural honoring the Sugar Plump Fairies.