Artist unveils mural of 'superhero' Beto O'Rourke in Austin
© Instagram: Chris Rogers Art

A mural depicting Texas Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) as a superhero appeared in Austin ahead of the midterm elections.

Artist Chris Rogers has been at work on the mural for weeks, according to progress documented on his Instagram, but he put the finishing touches on it just as early voting began in the state.


The mural, located in East Austin, features O’Rourke, a rising Democratic star, standing in front of a Texas flag with his shirt unbuttoned to reveal a “B” emblem, reminiscent of Superman’s “S.”

“Out of the darkness comes the light,” Rogers wrote of the mural, which is entitled “Beto For Texas.”

Rogers said that the mural took 40 hours to paint, according to Austin Monthly.

The closely watched race between O’Rourke and GOP incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOn The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan MORE is rated a “toss-up” by nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

Cruz is currently leading O’Rourke by 7 points, according to a RealClearPolitics average of recent polls.

Texas reportedly saw a massive turnout of nearly 85,000 votes on the first day of early voting in the state.