Broken windows at Tucson Electric Power’s downtown headquarters will be transformed into colorful symbols of inclusion and diversity through a community painting project.
Community volunteers and TEP employees came together this week to paint murals that will be hung over plywood covering shattered glass in the lobby windows of the building, at 88 E. Broadway. The glass was broken during protests that followed the May 25 killing of George Floyd.
The murals feature hearts surrounding the hopeful “We Are One/Somos Uno” message and logo promoted by Tucson Mayor Regina Romero’s COVID-19 relief fund.
“Racism and bias have no place at our company or in our community,” said David G. Hutchens, CEO of TEP and its sister company, UniSource Energy Services. “These murals are intended to give us a way to safely come together with compassion and creativity to share a message of hope, progress and unity.”
The project is being designed to protect participants from the potential spread of COVID-19. A limited number of painters worked in pre-scheduled hourly shifts disposable brushes and materials. Those who volunteered wore face coverings and maintained social distancing.
The murals will be displayed temporarily around the street level of TEP’s headquarters building until replacement glass arrives and is installed.