Lalo Cota Teams Up with Local Food Bank to Create Arizona-Inspired Fruit Mural

Emily SchmidtApril 12, 2021
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Local artist Lalo Cota has spiced up the traditional 19th-century still life fruit bowl with one of his latest projects. Teaming up with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Cota designed a vibrant, Arizona-inspired mural of fresh food on the western wall of Nourish Phoenix, a Downtown Phoenix food bank that also provides clothing, household items and assistance with Medicaid applications. Previously, Cota has painted murals on the exterior walls of Phoenix schools as part of the health care giant’s community-supporting program. Although his artwork usually depicts funky skeletons and Chicano themes, he believes in the “Holy Trinity of art, food and music,” which his Nourish Phoenix mural showcases in its round shapes and bright colors. Cota thought the mural would have a “much simpler design,” but then he “put the reflection of the community in the fruit [because I] thought that would be more fitting for what [Nourish Phoenix] does.”


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