Artist: Sunny Mullarkey
Project Host Mural
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
SM: I was asked by Project Host and Leadership Greenville’s Class 45 to create a mural to inspire the community and the soup kitchen’s visitors. Leadership Greenville’s Class 45 dedicated their class project to Project Host, giving them updated signage, improved landscaping and sponsoring a mural.
GJ: What is the inspiration for this piece?
SM: We wanted to convey a sense of what Project Host offers to our community. Education through its culinary program, hot meals to anyone in need, and hope to all who visit, both patrons and volunteers.
I painted four large dove silhouettes, filling each with something different: culinary tools to represent the education, food items for the meals prepared within, the landscape of Greenville which Project Host serves, and a pair of holding hands, surrounded by the phrase “While I breathe I hope,” our state’s motto.
GJ: How long did it take to create? What was the creation process like?
SM: I took a few weeks to create several sketches to convey the ideas we wanted to convey in the mural and decided to use the one you see on the wall. Painting took about a month, but only because it was cold and so very rainy that March. Weather can really put a damper on painting outside.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
SM: I love the hands and the words “While I breathe I hope.” Hope is something so many of us lose when times are tough, and I think the message this conveys is really powerful.
GJ: When was it completed?
Located at Project Host, 525 S. Academy St., Greenville.