Australian artist Mr G Hoete is currently painting a Prince mural on the exterior wall of the Chanhassen Cinema.
“In honor of Prince Rogers Nelson,” wrote the theater on Facebook, “we at Five Star Cinemas would like to announce a new addition to our Chanhassen Cinema location — a 40 foot mural of the late musician and performer. This work of art will be visible to the public on our west wall. Painted by Mr. G Hoete, an Australian artist and long time prince fan, we hope that this piece will serve as a reminder of our great friend for years to come.”
This seems to be the art hinted at last week, when Chanhassen’s city manager said that a piece of public art — created by an out-of-town artist who would donate his time — was planned in tribute at a location that Prince “used to frequent.” Many local Prince fans immediately thought of the cinema, which Prince was known to rent out for special screenings to treat his Paisley Park guests — for example last fall, when he treated a crowd to a Spectre screening after a listening party for The Current’s broadcast of the live medley “CRAZY 2 COOL.”
Mr G Hoete has been posting updates on the mural’s progress on his Facebook page. It’s the second recent mural devoted to Prince’s memory: previously, Bloomington artist Rock “Cyfi” Martinez created a Prince mural on the wall of a building in Uptown Minneapolis.