Painting the town in Simpsonville
Simpsonville, SC (WSPA) – The growth in Simpsonville is causing new art projects to emerge across the city.
Just at home, that’s a Simpsonville motto. Murals bring everything together. Elected officials, homeowners, and even shopkeepers are all on board to accomplish this.
Two city-funded murals adorn building walls in downtown Simpsonville. You are surrounded by shops and restaurants.
“They are so beautiful, it’s interactive that the kids love it. This one over here has balloons on so you can mimic it going up. “Owner, Slice of Brooklyn, said Jennifer Pepe.
Both murals are on either side of your building. One next to an auto mechanic store references a drive-in theater that always has cars parked to complete the look.
“We wanted to create a sense of place for people, we love taking selfies, we love taking photos with our friends and families, and we thought what a great opportunity to put two murals on South Main Street to not only to give people a place to show themselves, but by doing so they also show the city. “Simpsonville, community relations specialist, said Justin Campbell.
The other is at a meeting point called the courtyard or alley. Both murals can be seen, photographed and enjoyed by people for free.
Jennifer Pepe and her husband took over ‘A Slice of Brooklyn’ 3 weeks ago and they are already seeing the artwork being a draw.
“This courtyard is just booming, it’s fun, they pick up the food, they come and sit outside and it gives them a chance to interact with the murals too, and I see them all over social media.” Said Pepe.
An independent mural project is also popular in the city. It’s a sunrise with angel wings for children and adults. It’s on the corner of Hedge and Curtis Streets. Not funded by the city but paid for by the owner of the building, this street art is a must for selfie enthusiasts too.
“The city doesn’t have to be the only one that brings art into the city center. Some new murals have popped up in downtown Simpsonville and the city absolutely loves them, they are absolutely beautiful. We are interested in what brings more people to downtown Simpsonville. “Said Campbell.
The process for the two city murals began with finding an artist. Out of 30 creators, Greenville artist Lacey Hennessey was chosen to paint both of them.
“Murals are a great way to invest a small amount of money and make a long-term investment.” Said Campbell.
The mural project, which is paid for with hospitality taxes, city funds, and a generous donation from the Howard family, is part of an overall master plan.
“Simpsonville is in the middle of a long-term downtown revitalization project. This includes the murals, the ally, and the road construction projects. The town of Simpsonville is the place to be and can be a home for both residents and visitors. “Said Campbell.
Both murals on South Main Street in Simpsonville cost approximately $ 14,500.00