Saturday, August 29, 2015 had marked Respectable Street’s 28th Anniversary. A staple of downtown West Palm, people flocked from all over to celebrate the birthday of this south FL fortress. The celebration included 28 bands that would play on 5 different stages. Respectables sits on Clematis Street, a portion of which had been closed off for the show and the place was PACKED. On its east wall, a mural sat for over a year depicting the faces of beloved musicians. The wall had been changed a few times before. I had been asked to change it once more, and to do so in time for the anniversary show.
It wasn’t without controversy either, because apparently the city had a temporary ban on murals that would last at least another month. I was instructed to paint nonetheless. The reactions were mixed at first, though the majority disliked the fact that I had painted over the images that once stood. As the painting progressed, however, I started receiving a lot of positive feedback. Anthony Hernandez, one of the artists who had painted the previous mural, even came out and offered support.
The theme is a whimsical depiction of a serious issue, namely the destruction of the environment. I decided to create a landscape that is being destroyed by wolves in sheep’s clothing. The image is not targeting a particular group or entity. It is, however, meant to cause the spectator to reflect upon their own involvement in environmental degradation, whether passive or active.
All in all, the experience was amazing, and I truly enjoyed it. The final day of painting was a blast. I’d started around 9am and left around 12:30pm. I returned at 5pm, and didn’t stop painting until 10:30am the next morning! Along the way, I met so many awesome people, and kind of miss them, though the whole project took a week. West Palm Beach is a really cool place, and I’m really glad I was able to do this for them. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images.