COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) - A mural called Riverboat on the Missouri is bringing color to a blank passageway in downtown Council Bluffs thanks to an initiative by the Iowa West Foundation.
Local businesses Availa Bank and Western Iowa Mutual Insurance are funding the mural, which is inspired by the nature and history of Council Bluffs.
Nicaraguan artist Luis Valle has been working on the project for nine days.
"I'm just really honored to be here in Council Bluffs painting this mural for the community,” Valle said. “I know it's one of the first large scale murals that they have in town so I hope that it's a catalyst for others and also an inspiration for any artist that lives here in town to take up public art and murals."
“We just think it's going to be a great sight,” said John Paul, President of Western Iowa Mutual Insurance. “I think it's going to be a wonderful reflection of what we have to offer here in Council Bluffs."
Riverboat on the Missouri sits between Bayliss Park and the Council Bluffs Public Library along Pearl Street.
Valle hopes to have the mural finished by Friday.