Visual Arts

Giant mural of Lincoln taking shape in downtown Lexington

Kobra assistants Cezan Silva, left, and Agnaldo Britto map out a grid on the back of The Kentucky Theatre. Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra is painting a mural on the back wall of The Kentucky Theatre. The sixty foot building will sport the artists interpretation of an iconic image from the 19th Century. Kobra and his assistants continued work on the mural, Thursday, Nov. 07, 2013 at Kentucky Theatre in Lexington. Photo by Jonathan Palmer
Kobra assistants Cezan Silva, left, and Agnaldo Britto map out a grid on the back of The Kentucky Theatre. Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra is painting a mural on the back wall of The Kentucky Theatre. The sixty foot building will sport the artists interpretation of an iconic image from the 19th Century. Kobra and his assistants continued work on the mural, Thursday, Nov. 07, 2013 at Kentucky Theatre in Lexington. Photo by Jonathan Palmer Herald-Leader

A giant portrait of Kentucky-born President Abraham Lincoln, possibly the largest and most colorful mural to grace downtown, is taking shape on the 60-foot-tall back wall of The Kentucky Theatre building.

The work of internationally known Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra depicts the familiar image of Lincoln in his memorial in Washington, but in vivid colors. The project is a prelude to the third annual PRHBTN art festival, which gets fully underway Nov. 15 through 17 with live art, music, talks and more.

To see the artist and his team in action, PRHBTN will host Kobra: Art After Dark at 7 p.m. Friday on Water Street. The free event will include music, food trucks and the chance to watch Kobra paint at night.

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