Artist: Rick Forest
Main Straights Mural
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
RF: I did this one after I finished the mural inside Rob Young’s first office in Greenville after he moved here from Florida. He is the president and CEO of Communicating Results Group. I’ve done a bunch of murals for him.
GJ: What is the inspiration for this piece?
RF: Rob didn’t want me to go. I had been painting a mural for three months in his office. He said, “Let’s do the falls,” and we took some pictures of it. I used the photos to paint the mural.
GJ: What materials did you use to create this mural?
RF: I used Behr house paint. It’s 100% acrylic latex. It’s the best thing to paint masonry. Oil-based paint is not porous, so water can’t go through it. With oil-based paint, the water drying makes bubbles.
The base is made of volcanic pumice. It’s finer than pearly white sand. When you add water to it and apply it to masonry, it becomes part of the masonry. When the water dries off of it, it doesn’t destroy the mural. It’s very resilient to the sun and for weather. I use a satin finish. I’ve used it for years and years.
GJ: How long did it take to create and what was the creation process like?
RF: It took about a week to do altogether.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
RF: I like the way you can see the stones under the water and the reflection of the creek off of it [and] the murkiness of the water. We stuck with the truth this time, because the Reedy River is normally red after the rain. The geese around the stones on the bottom was one of my favorite parts.
GJ: When was it completed?
RF: October 2006.
It is located at 102 W. North St., Greenville
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