Artist: August Vernon
Greenville, SC Mural
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
AV: The owner, Bo Aughtry, and Windsor Aughtry, the management company of the Embassy Suites RiverPlace, contacted me and asked me to present ideas for the rooftop mural.
GJ: What is the inspiration for this piece?
AV: The inspiration came from Bo Aughtry’s love of art, public art, and the love for Greenville and the Upstate. He was willing to take a chance on giving the green light on what would become the largest rooftop mural of its kind in the world at 7,500 square feet.
GJ: What type of paint did you use to create the mural?
AV: The paint is a coating that is designed for the particular roofing material that is used on the Embassy Suites roof. The coating is produced in California by National Coatings Corp. I selected eight colors of the coatings, including black and white. Each coating color came in a 60-pound container. The coatings add to the durability of the Embassy Suites rooftop.
GJ: How long did it take to create, and what was the creation process like?
AV: The idea and concept stage took about two months. I had initially presented three different concepts from different perspectives. The design rounds came after that, which took three to four redesign ideas and compositions. The Windsor Aughtry team was very helpful with design and concept ideas in the creation stages.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
AV: The Liberty Bridge and waterfalls with the rocks. This is my favorite part because it was the main challenge to hide and obscure the existing rooftop mechanicals like exhausts, AC handlers and compressors.
GJ: When was it completed?
AV: Aug. 30, 2017
It is located on the roof of 250 Riverplace in Greenville.