Benson brothers bringing downtown to life through art

Benson brothers bringing downtown to life through art

If the Maple Street train overpass is part of your daily commute you’ve probably noticed the new mural there.

The Spokane Arts Commision has four groups of local artists beautifying downtown and they’re actually looking for more.

On Monday, brothers Todd and Cain Benson are putting their finishing touches on their mural at Second and Maple; they’ve put a lot of man hours into it but it’s work they’re happy to do.

They say this is their gift to the city of Spokane.

The Benson brothers are working on the downtown mural project this summer, a city effort to clean up graffiti and brighten the downtown scene, but for Cain and Todd it has become so much more than that.

“You don’t really think about it when you are creating it, but the amount of support we have got from the community, they have really made us feel a part of it and that has got to be the best part,” Todd Benson said.

These guys are extremely humble, and through this project they’ve gained a lot of respect from the public and other artists.

“When I saw it it was incredible, I was just speechless,” Eric Seiser said.

Seiser is a mosaic artist and Monday morning he popped by and brought the brothers donuts. That kind of gesture has become pretty regular for the Benson brothers.

“Lots of support from the community, bringing us drinks some days, drop you off a bag of McDonalds, ice, people wanting to help out when it is hot out,” Cain Benson said.

Seiser was first drawn to the Benson brothers’ work when he laid eyes on another mural they painted at Kendall Yards.

“It was an inspiration that just touched my heart, reminded me of my niece, when I saw her last she was a little girl eight years old,” he said.

That is exactly what the Bensons are going for, the faces aren’t really supposed to have an identity, they want you to bring them to life.

“It’s great that they can see things and that’s the most important, why it’s important they don’t have a story so they can pull it in and make it their own story,” Cain Benson said.

“We feel like more than anything we took a place and tried to bring beauty to it, and we feel like it has been appreciated,” Todd Benson added.