In partnership with a local business owner, Pflugerville City Council approved Jan. 23 a new mural for a building in the downtown area.

The artwork is planned for the backside of West Pecan Coffee + Beer, located at 100 West Pecan St. Owner Mary Foss granted the city a temporary easement, or permission, detailing a minimum five-year term and possibly longer should either party opt to continue the agreement, according to city documents.

Some context

In March, Pflugerville City Council adopted an Art in Public Places program. Under the established art policies, public art can be commissioned on private property via city public easements agreements.

The addition of the mural and similar projects align with the city’s goal to enhance the availability of public art in the downtown area.

The city has commissioned regional artist Mike Johnston for the project. Johnston’s mural design combines a traditional postcard aesthetic with a modern touch, featuring the phrase “Greetings from Pflugerville” prominently displayed across the art space.

The commission will cost $31,000 to be funded by the city’s hotel occupancy tax revenue.

“Public art has proven to be a catalyst for creating a sense of community and togetherness, and the new art installations encourage creativity and possibility,” Foss wrote in a letter to the city. “As a downtown business owner, I am deeply appreciative of the collaborative efforts between local businesses like mine and the city in strengthening community ties in Pflugerville.”