Artist: Ross McLain. Southern Sounds at Horizon Records
What was the inspiration behind the piece?
Gene Berger, the owner of Horizon Records, suggested the subject matter for the mural. He wanted to celebrate these two individuals [Russ Morin and Josh White] for their little-known music contributions to Greenville. We — the [Furman University] mural class — partnered with Gene, the city and local artist Charlie Tyre to pull it off.
How long did the piece take to create?
Three weeks; however, there were preliminary meetings to prepare for when the students would engage with the project. Those meetings focused on material, design and funding for the project.
What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
Collaboration. Working with students, faculty, staff, the city of Greenville and local artists to create the excitement around art. I love that. Additionally, it’s special to create something that celebrates a community and champions its heroes.
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