Artist: Douglas Piper
Yeah, THAT Greenville mural
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
DP: The building ownership reached out to me in hopes of creating a piece that reflected Greenville in a beautiful way and would blend into the new developments around their building. They also wanted to beautify this fence for those that walked by it every day.
GJ: What is the inspiration for this piece?
DP: The ownership group wanted a local born and raised artist to help convey Greenville. The Liberty Bridge was an easy inspiration. Being only a few blocks away, it catered itself to the shape of the fence it was painted on. The abstract greenery on either side represented the importance of Greenville staying green.
GJ: What type of paint did you use to create the mural?
DP: I used a few different types of outdoor paint that are UV- and weather-resistant and would bond well with the wood.
GJ: How long did it take to create and what was the creation process like?
DP: It took roughly two weeks from drawing and painting to sealing. My wife and I were often working in the morning, as the afternoons were difficult with the sun.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
DP: One of my favorite parts is the abstract greenery in each corner. There are little silhouettes of different imagery all throughout. It’s like a treasure hunt of little shapes. It’s almost like looking at the clouds; people will see all sorts of silhouettes.
GJ: When was it completed?
DP: Completed in fall 2018.
It is located at 200 E. Broad St. in Greenville.