CATHEDRAL CITY – The highly anticipated mural of MMA Fighter Cub Swanson and former Boxer Tim Bradley Jr., which will be a showpiece for this community, is finished and ready for the “Oohs” and “Aahs” of the public.
The City Council of Cathedral City and the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission (CCPAC) will host a “Mural Artist and Celebrity Signing Ceremony” on Wednesday, Oct. 24 starting at 2:30 p.m. The event will be held just outside of One Eleven Conditioning Club, 68571 East Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City.
Mural Artist Rick Rodriguez, MMA Fighter Cub Swanson, and former Boxer Tim Bradley Jr. are scheduled to appear in order to sign the mural reflecting these sport stars’ images in Downtown Cathedral City.
As part of the Local Legacy Mural program, the mural honors these two sports legends who grew up in Cathedral City and went to Cathedral City High School; World Boxing Champion Tim Bradley and Mixed Martial Arts and Ultimate Fighting Championship Competitor Kevin Luke “Cub” Swanson.
“Tim Bradley and Cub Swanson overcame significant barriers throughout their lives, but each rose to athletic excellence through hard work, determination, and strength,” Mayor Stan Henry said in a prepared statement. “Having their images placed at a prominent location in our downtown spotlights their achievements and serves as inspiration for those who dream of reaching stardom.”
Throughout their careers, Tim Bradley achieved five world boxing championships in two weight classifications and Cub Swanson earned multiple honors including “Fight of the Year” and “Knockout of the Night” for bouts in the Ultimate Fighting Championship arena.
“It’s exciting to bridge the world of sports with the world of art,” said Public Arts Commission Chair Alan Carvalho. “This action mural, recognizing these two international sports figures, enlivens an ordinary white wall in our downtown into an electrifying work of art for the world to admire.”
Artist Rick Rodriguez, who has created many murals throughout the Coachella Valley was commissioned to paint the piece by CCPAC. He began on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 and finished several weeks later. On Wednesday, October 24th, the three will sign the finished product.
Light refreshments will be provided.