Artist: Lacey Hennessey
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
LH: I’m big on outreach. I had been following the construction of the Camperdown project, and when GVLToday shared the video rendering of Juniper, I started following them on Instagram. I sent a direct message to the account and said that I had noticed a mural was planned for their rooftop space. I was quickly contacted back with gratitude but was told that those plans were already solidified, though there was another space they would love for me to create a proposal for, and after a concept meeting, I did, and we quickly turned the mural around.
GJ: What is the inspiration for this piece?
LH: The restaurant’s name Paloma derives from the Latin phrase “palumbus,” which means dove, a symbol of peace. I visited the wall at different times of the day, noting the different light sources that would be reflected on the wall, as this was going to be a patio for the hotel restaurant and bar. One evening I was struck by the beautiful sunset and reflection on the glass of stunning downtown Greenville. I wanted the mural to stand out with rich yet calming tones similar to the aesthetic found inside at the bar, but also blend with its surrounding outdoors. I added in the doves flying over the sunset in pairs — just like you’ll find the new patrons visiting this wonderful new establishment to our town.
GJ: What type of paint did you use to create the mural?
LH: I used a concrete primer followed by premium exterior acrylic latex paint and finished with a UV- and weather-protectant coating
GJ: How long did it take to create, and what was the creation process like?
LH: I completed the mural over a two-day period, starting with the primer in a tinted gray. Once dry I returned to finish, starting with the background layers and building on top, color by color. The doves were placed strategically to bring movement to the piece and draw your eye from end to end. Due to the cold weather, I would start later in the day to ensure my surface was of the proper temperature, but thanks to beautiful South Carolina weather, it was a smooth process.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
LH: There are subtle hints of yellow throughout the mural. They’re delicate but enrich the overall design of “Golden Hour” and really tie in the surrounding reflections at just that perfect time for a patio cocktail.
GJ: When was it completed?
LH: January 2021