Local artist Mike Lroy spray paints a mural on the boarded up exterior of Tutto Pasta on State Street in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, June 2, 2020. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL
Street artists Mike Lroy, 27, and Liubov Szwako, 31, painted a mural across the wooden boards covering the whole of Tutto Pasta, 305 State St., Tuesday morning. Lroy said they are choosing mural arts as way to respond and process racial strife. "This is allowing artists of color to express themselves and their feelings about what’s going on right now," Lroy said. "I think it’s a great first step for communities that are experiencing cries for help.” Szwako, who was born and raised in Mexico City, is responsible for the artistic mattresses displayed around the isthmus. The Tutto Pasta mural, features the word GROW in big letters followed by CHANGE stamped among flowers and hearts. "We have to change right now,” Lroy said.