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New Prince mural in Uptown: ‘A present to Minneapolis’

A new mural in Minneapolis (Jay Gabler/MPR)

A new Prince mural on the side of a building in Uptown was painted this weekend as “a nice present to the city of Minneapolis,” says Bloomington-based artist Rock “Cyfi” Martinez.

“I just thought about the different songs, the color palette, keeping it purple — obviously — and then the doves,” says Martinez, who first conceived the mural as a get-well message when Prince fell ill last week. “I did the symbol instead of his name” to acknowledge Prince’s battle for control of his music, says Martinez.

The mural, just over a story high, is located at 26th Street and Hennepin Avenue — on the back of the building housing Sencha Tea among other businesses. Martinez regularly paints a rotating mural on the 26th Street side of the building; that wall currently features an illustration of a bird and the word “Uptown.”

Martinez (pictured, below, with his work) says the Prince mural took a total of about six hours to paint over the course of Friday and Saturday. “I thought this would be a nice present to Minneapolis and Uptown to help with grieving,” he says. “Minneapolis is hurting, the world is hurting. We’re losing a legend of art and music.”

Ali Lozoff contributed reporting to this article.

  • RauntandRave

    Love it!

  • krystalkleer

    Drove by when u were putt’n on the last touches…LUV IT 💜💜please help spread & sign my petition 4 a Prince statue in MPLS & share it 💜💋https://www.change.org/p/mattress-fever-purple-rain-statue-in-minneapolis?recruiter=35795402&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_for_starters_page&utm_term=mob-xs-no_src-no_msg

  • Lonaiah Ferrell

    Love that 10thfloor properties is willing to let artists be creative with their buildings. Great work Mr Martinez.

  • So cool!

  • OGSL

    Well done.

  • kaystiel

    great work man!

  • Myles Smith

    why he chose to paint his studio a white color and claim to date a white woman “Kim Bassinger” is a mystery. It appears to be quite offensive to most caucasions.

    • Al Iverson

      It’s OK to be quiet and let people wonder if you’re stupid; much better than what you did here, actually POSTING that comment and broadcasting your ignorance to the world.

    • Vicki Seiler

      Speak for yourself Pal. You’re the only one that feels that way. Now go climb under your Caucasian rock.

    • Frederic Stephens

      Offensive? Only to bigots!

    • Piping White Hoes

      Niggas can’t fuck the precious white woman now? Please. Even the master’s wife was sneaking out to ride that big, thick pipe.

      The mural is fire!

  • nick

    That Dylan mural should have been Prince in the first place.

    • Nicole Sullivan

      Don’t be like that. They are both greats.

  • Carol Ann Sardinha

    Beautifully done. My husband and I met when we were both living in Minneapolis in the late 1990s and have fond memories of the city and the Uptown neighborhood in particular, where we spent a lot of time. Our hearts are with the people of Minneapolis and our friends who are still there.

  • Rebecca Holmberg

    Looking forward to driving past this every day, Thank you!

  • Vicki Seiler

    Thank you for your beautiful gift and tribute to Prince and the city of Minneapolis. Truly, a gift of love.

  • Dolores Rufenacht

    Beautiful idea and wonderful art work. Thank You!

  • Elliot Osthoff


    My friend and I did a Prince themed hoverboard as a tribute. We will be giving this away in a contest. Much hard work was put into this! Please subscribe and like.

  • Frederic Stephens

    What a beautiful tribute to a once in a lifetime talent and musical genius.

  • Piping White Hoes