Artist: Lacey Hennessey
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
LH: While finishing another large outdoor mural for the city of Simpsonville, they approached me for a second wall, just blocks away. I pride myself on being able to create concepts from initial client goals and bring them to life. The city of Simpsonville had a committee that knew what they wanted but not how to display it. With the success of my original mural and swift execution timelines, I was asked to engage in a second project. I was delighted, as their team was a blast to work with.
GJ: What is the inspiration for this piece?
LH: Their goal was to incorporate an old Americana, nostalgic feel while showcasing a colorful visual that would be appealing with cars placed in front. While the wall is attached to Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Cafe, the property in front is part of a long-standing local business, Danny Smith’s Fillin & Fixin, an auto repair shop that almost always has cars being moved in and out. Perfect for the drive-in concept. You’ll find elements within the mural that give a nod to the town, such as the “S” countdown on the screen to prepare you for what is to come and the South Carolina palmetto on the right, among others.
GJ: What type of paint did you use to create the mural?
LH: Sherwin Williams Resilience and Duration, premium exterior paints with a maritime UV and anti-graffiti coating. I also used Montana aerosol cans.
GJ: How long did it take to create, and what was the creation process like?
LH: This 30-by-15-foot wall took roughly three days to execute with an extension lift and ladder. One thing I enjoy while working on outdoor murals in a town like Simpsonville is meeting members of the community who come by to say hello, take photos and ask questions about my process. They get to be a part of the process, which only enriches the mural in my opinion.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
LH: Definitely the drive-in sign, more precisely the word “Simpsonville” and the stars. When on-site they have a glowing appearance as if they are lit up.
GJ: When was it completed?
LH: October 2020.
It is located on the exterior of A Side of Brooklyn Pizza at 134 S. Main St. in Simpsonville