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Cirque du Soleil-inspired mural takes the spotlight in Union Plaza neighborhood

Cirque du Soleil mural in downtown El Paso (Credit:CBS4/KFOX14)

Local artists created a mural in downtown El Paso that was inspired by Cirque du Soleil’s upcoming show at UTEP.

Horey and Roman Silva, Primo Lechuga and Grave Herrera from 3rd Shift Sign Company created the masterpiece. They took inspiration from Cirque du Soleil’s show “OVO,” which is scheduled to be performed at the Don Haskins Center Wednesday through Sunday.

Ovo means egg in Portuguese. The show is about a mysterious egg that appears in a colorful ecosystem of insects. Show producers said the egg represents the enigma and cycles of the insects’ lives.

The mural features those insects and is displayed on the corner of Overland Avenue and Chihuahua Street in the Union Plaza neighborhood.

Jorge Vasquez, executive director for UTEP special events, said the university has had a partnership with Cirque du Soleil since 2010.

“Since then, we’ve had five really good runs of Cirque du Soleil. The partnership is great. The city of El Paso really has embraced the Cirque du Soleil brand,” Vasquez said.

Cirque du Soleil sponsored the mural as a way to say thank you to El Paso for embracing its shows.

Tickets can be purchased on www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo or through Tickemaster.

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