Work On New Mainframe Mural Begins

Molly Spain is beginning work on “Critical Mass,” a 360-degree mural at Mainframe Studios. Photo: Mainframe Studios

The exterior of the Mainframe Studios building is looking a little brighter. Molly Spain, a local artist who works out of the studios, is beginning work on a 360-degree mural called “Critical Mass,” which will wrap around the five-story building at 900 Keosaugua Way.

Organizers at Mainframe say “not only will Molly’s mural add vibrant color to the Des Moines landscape, but it will help identify Mainframe’s physical space as a place where visitors are inspired to find creativity.” Mainframe Studios commissioned the work last year as part of its capital campaign to finish renovating the space, making it the largest nonprofit creative workspace in the nation.

Last week, the Lauridsen family announced they will match contributions, dollar-for-dollar, up to a million dollars for a total campaign goal of $2 million. These funds will allow Mainframe Studios to renovate its final floor and achieve its financially self-sustaining business plan. As of March 2021, Mainframe Studios has four of its five floors renovated and a total of 131 studios.

Stay up to date on the mural project on social media or on Mainframe Studios’ website.
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