By Evan Butcher
“Dive into the Divine” is the title of the newest mermaid-themed mural dedicated by the City of San Marcos. Located on the back wall of the Root Cellar Bakery, right off the Square, this mural has a direct representation of what many people remember as the old San Marcos.
Mural Designer Morgan Haberle Egan says she found inspiration from the old Aquarena Springs Theme Park and “the San Marcos Aquarena Spring Mermaids, who are no longer performing but I wanted to use that imagery in the middle of the mural.”
This mural was co-sponsored by Root Cellar Café and Bakery to help add character while discouraging and eliminating graffiti. Kyle Mylius, owner of Root Cellar Café and Bakery, says he was excited to be apart of this new organization and loves to support the number of artists San Marcos has to offer.
“When I first found out about the mural arts program I was really excited,” Mylius said. “San Marcos has an amazing abundance of very talented artists and we’ve always been drawn to that. And as a company we’ve always tried to support the arts here in San Marcos every way we can, so when I found out there was an opportunity for us to play a big role in a public work of art, we jumped at it.”
The San Marcos Mural Arts Grant Program is a new organization funded through the city’s hotel occupancy tax collections and will provide up to 50 percent of the cost of materials and supplies for murals on private property in the City of San Marcos. Several other murals have been completed recently throughout the City and will be dedicated later this summer.