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MILAGROS Channels New Orleans' Cool Vibes With Playful Library Mural

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On a colorless corridor in the CBD, marked by beige office buildings and the Tulane Medical Center, there is a surprise hidden behind the New Orleans Public Library on Loyola Avenue. That's where MILAGROS, the New Orleans/Miami-based art collective comprising Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre, have painted a vibrant, patterned mural capturing the cool vibes and movement of the Crescent City.

The public selected MILAGROS in an online poll after the library received a community art grant to install a mural at the Loyola Avenue branch. Site specificity is important to the duo's work, so in this case they incorporated a playful, concentric line pattern—a common thread in a lot of MILAGROS' work—to channel the movement of the breeze, since the position of the building often creates a wind tunnel of sorts. Cool-toned pops of color complement the grass and trees that surround the area, and also nod to the nearby Mississippi River.

MILAGROS also collaborated with retailer Kit and Ace, purveyors of super-soft machine-washable cashmere who opened a New Orleans store last week, to create a mural in the store that has that signature line pattern and the phrase "Time is Precious."

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Joseph Konert also created this mural for the Magazine Street art supply store. [Photo: Instagram]

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"Ourglass" Sculpture

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Martin Payton's painted steel sculpture is part of the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation. [Photo: Helis Foundation]

“Crossroads” Sculpture

Arkansas artist Greer Farris’ 10-foot-tall sculpture is part of the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation. [Photo: Helis Foundation]

"Gymnast" Sculpture

Enrique Alferez' bronze sculpture is part of the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation. [Photo: Helis Foundation]

"Yaima and the Ball" Sculpture

The second of Carole Feuerman's very realistic looking oil painted resin sculptures. Part of the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation. [Photo: Helis Foundation]

"Nethership" Sculpture

Texas artist Ed Wilson's steel sculpture is part of the the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation. [Photo: Helis Foundation]

"David" Sculpture

New York artist Boaz Vaadia's stone sculpture is part of the the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation. [Photo: Helis Foundation]

"Zach's Tower" Sculpture

Texas artist John Henry's painted steel sculpture is part of the the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation. [Photo: Helis Foundation]

Banksy's "Umbrella Girl"

British graffiti artist superstar Banksy came to town in 2008 and this is one of his few remaining pieces here. It's covered in plexiglass but, sadly, still pretty defaced. [Photo: Christa Lohman via Flickr]

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Sculpture

Sculptor Frank Hayden's abstract egg sculpture is a tribute to the civil rights hero, with passages from Dr. King's speeches inside the egg form and a bullet hole to commemorate Dr. King's assassination. [Photo via Library Chronicles

Urban Sidewalk/Installation Space (US/IS)

The set of three public-facing installation spaces features a rotating display of New Orleans artist in a variety of mediums. [Photo via US/IS NOLA]

"Rise and Preserve" Mural

Artists Ivan Petrovsky and ReX collaborated on this colorful mural across from Crescent Park. [Photo via Kristen Bach]

"Paving the Way" Mural

Students from YAYA worked with artists Brandon Odums, Rontherin Ratliff, Paul Wright and Ellen McComber on this mural. [Photo via YAYA]

David Harouni Sculptures

New Orleans artist David Harouni’s trio of identical 16-foot-tall figures stands amid the suburban bustle of Metairie. [Photo: David Harouni Gallery on Instagram]

MILAGROS NOPL Mural

The mural on the back of the building captures the movement of the wind and the cool tones of the Mississippi. [Photo: Lauren LaBorde]

"She Dreamed of a Place Called Fat City" Murall

The artist—known for her New Orleans-turned-worldwide "Before I Die" interactive mural—created the mural, featuring a short story by James A. Reeves, for the Art Council of New Orleans' public art initiate in the Metairie corridor. [Image: via CandyChang.com]

"Weft" Sculpture

Rachel David steel sculpture is part of the Helis Foundation's Sculpture New Orleans project. [Image via RedMetal.net]

"Peace Wall" Mural

The prolific muralist behind ExhibitBE channeled Michelangelo for this New Orleans East work. [Image via Brandan Odums on Instagram]

"Travelers"

The four bronze sculptures New York artist Deborah Masters were originally in Audubon Park and were recently moved to Jefferson Parish. [Image via Michael Manjarris/NOLA.com]