Posts from the ‘Mural’ category

Southern Sounds Mural

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

The Southern Sounds mural in the Horizon Records parking lot was created by Furman Art students under the direction of Ross McClain and artist Charles Tyre.

The left side features local craftsman Russ Morin who specialized in creating handmade resonator ukuleles. A resonator ukulele creates much louder music by its own acoustic design rather than relying on an electronic amplifier.

The other side features Greenville’s native son Josh White – the first black man to sell a million records with his song “One Meatball”. Also he was a star on Broadway and film and the Voice of the Civil Rights movement in 1940s – as the first Black man to give a White House Command Performance (and closest Black confident to President Roosevelt), the first to de-segregate performance venues in America, and the first to give a national concert hall tour of America; an international star in 1950s who performed for the Kings and Queens of Europe and their Prime Ministers; and performed at the 1963 March on Washington, and for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Live Big

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

This mural under a theme of “Live Big” has recently appeared on East Stone Avenue. Jean Wilson Freeman is the directing artist, and painted by the students of Stone Academy. This the third mural along Stone Avenue created by students.

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Sunday in the Park

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

This mural on the Rite Aid at the corner of North Main and Stone Avenue was painted last year by the Stone Academy fifth grade class under the direction of their Art Instructor, Eric Benjamin. It is a Greenville take of the artist Georges Seurat’s "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte".

The local elements place the scene in Falls Park on the banks of the Reedy River, with Shoeless Joe Jackson in the foreground, and bicyclists and Yoga activities along with the typical afternoon Falls Park views.

Escape From Prohibition

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

This fanciful mural by Brigitte Selby on the Swamp Rabbit Brewery in Travelers Rest evokes some local references. The window bars are a tribute to the building’s former life as a post offices. And the barrel is a reminder of the region’s dark corner tradition of moonshine making. And of course the rabbit is a nod to the nearby Swamp Rabbit trail.

The mural uses a technique of ‘trompe-l’œil’ to create an illusion of 3D.

Locomotive at the Whistlestop

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

This 3D mural by Brigitte Selby was created in 2015 on the side of the Whistlestop at the American Cafe in Travelers Rest. It makes use of the wood fired oven which protrudes from the wall to illustrate the cow catcher / pilot of the locomotive. The chimney of the oven is perfectly positioned over the locomotive to create the smokestack, and there’s a headlamp to add even more realism. The illusion is quite startling when viewed from the parking lot.

Some additional details may still be added as the mural is finished.

Somewhat like spoiling a magician’s trick, here’s a view of the oven from another angle:
A side view of the wood fired oven