Work begins on murals to celebrate Mesa Asian District’s cultures

Jun 21, 2022, 4:25 AM
(Asian District Mesa, AZ Photo)...
(Asian District Mesa, AZ Photo)
(Asian District Mesa, AZ Photo)

PHOENIX — Work has started on several planned murals in the Asian District on a one-mile stretch of Dobson Road between Main Street and Broadway Road in Mesa.

The murals depict animals of the Chinese zodiac and aim to celebrate the diversity of cultures, community and commerce that make up Mesa’s unique hub, according to a press release.

“Mesa’s Asian District is a can’t-miss, well-loved part of our community,” Mayor John Giles said in the release.

“This is an exciting project that brings together the creative expression of Arizona artists to highlight the importance of this area to our city.”

The Asian District consists of more than 70 restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses.

The first building to install murals is Mekong Plaza at 66 S. Dobson Road, where visitors can see 13 murals, take a photo with their zodiac animal and learn more about the animal’s characteristic and historical influence on culture.

“We are looking forward to the addition of the murals,” Philip Ta, managing partner of Mekong Plaza, said in the release. “We hope it gives the people of Mesa and surrounding areas another reason to come visit, ask questions and learn about the history and culture of our community.”

Two additional murals that feature elements reflecting Asian traditions and culture are also in development at locations along Dobson Road, the city said. In addition, several branded banners and utility box wraps recently were installed.

The project is a part of a bigger branding and signage campaign to create awareness of businesses in the area, according to the release. This includes the Asian District’s logo being printed on street signs along Dobson Road.

The city of Mesa received 30 submissions for the job, 11 of which were chosen to illustrate the murals and added to the District’s artist roster.

To learn more about the artists, murals and history of the Asian District, head to the city’s website.

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Work begins on murals to celebrate Mesa Asian District’s cultures