Posts from the ‘Mural’ category

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

Mural

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

A mural by the artist Gaia was added to a building near Webster Street (visible from Falls Street) earlier this year as part of the year of altruism celebration.

The mural features the warped images of four mills that have been repurposed or are slated for renovation flowing through the Reedy River falls. The Lofts at the Mills Mill, the Lofts of Greenville in The former Monahagen Mill, the Woodside Mill which is undergoing conversion and finally the coach factory and Duke’s Mayonnaise facility which has now been turned into an event space in the Wyche Pavilion of the Peace Center of the Performing Arts.

Sites of employment have now become places of consumption, residence and culture. Preservation of heritage demands significant investment that makes affordable housing options within such structure infeasible. Global competition restructures the lives of working class and white collar communities as the South meets the 21st century.

The calla lillies are a nod to the bible minded nature of Greenville, flowers that represent purity yet are also poisonous. They are paired with the tumbling red brick of change and destruction. A single story brick duplex emerges out of the top left of the composition with the phrases Webster Street and Phillis Wheatley as a memorial to the African American neighborhood that has since been erased from this area.

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Mural at the Greenville Spartanburg airport

A portion of a mural at the Greenville Spartanbug (GSP) airport.  This photo was taken by Denton Harryman and posted at GreenvilleDailyPhoto.com on 7/13/2008.
I mentioned yesterday that Connie and I are in Charleston for a wedding this weekend. Because Charleston has a major port which is very important to Greenville’s economy, I have chosen to share this portion of a mural at the Greenville Spartanburg airport … some may remember past photos from the same mural. The mural is titled Our Wonderful World and was created by Carl Tait.

In a previous post, about murals by Carl Tait, I received the following wonderful comment: “… Carl Tait is still painting at 89 years old and loves his work. He would be so proud to know that people appreciate his art after all these years.”