Artist: Sunny Mullarkey
The Commons Murals
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
SM: I was contacted by Rion Smith and Drew Parker, two of the owners of The Commons, to create the murals. They wanted to bring some color and life to the main dining area and thought I would be a great artist to do that.
GJ: What is the inspiration of this piece?
SM: There is a wonderful kind of community to The Commons. The businesses there all help each other, while all having the common goal of being a part of a larger dynamic and flourishing with the help of each of the other businesses.
I wanted to reflect that sort of biodynamic community relationship in the design. The Commons also has a wonderful setting along the Reedy River and future Unity Park, which we wanted to bring into the piece as well. It brings some of the surrounding nature into The Commons, without being so literal.
GJ: What materials did you use to create this piece?
SM: These murals were painted with high-quality acrylic paints.
GJ: How long did it take to create and what was the process like?
SM: It took a total of eight days to complete, from sketching the designs out on both of the walls, then painting them.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why
SM: I loved being able to give something back to a place that has so many businesses that I care about and add some color and beauty for those that visit and support those businesses.
GJ: When was it completed?
SM: Fall 2020.
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