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Meet the 3 artists behind Buncombe’s Creative Equity Mural Project

They’re helping pilot a new public art program.

Gabriel Eng-Goetz buncombe mural project

Muralist Gabriel Eng-Goetz will paint the county’s Register of Deeds building.

Photo courtesy of Buncombe County

Three buildings owned by Buncombe County are about to get the makeover of a lifetime.

As part of Buncombe’s new Creative Equity Mural Project, local and visiting artists Gabriel Eng-Goetz, Leslie Reynalte-Llanco, and Jared Wheatley will install murals focused on racial equity, reconciliation, and restoration on three blank county-owned walls.

Here are the buildings that will be painted in the pilot round of this new public art program:

  • Register of Deeds Building, 205 College St.
    • Eng-Goetz plans to gather community input to decide on his design and involve an artist apprentice.
  • Buncombe County Tax Office, 94 Coxe Ave.
    • Reynalte-Llanco will work with local artists Gus Cutty and Kathryn Crawford to install a Latino/Latin pride design with bright colors and bold Spanish text.
  • Buncombe College Street parking deck
    • Wheatley, founder of the Indigenous Walls Project, will engage the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to create a communal basket concept.
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