After considering over seventy-five submissions, a review committee selected Arkansas artist Jason Jones to craft a lasting image on the east side of the Union National Plaza building, right in the heart of downtown. Jones is an experienced artist with over one hundred murals completed, including a recent mural that can be found in the 300 block of Main Street.
“We are very excited to add more public art to our city,” said Gabe Holmstrom, DLRP Executive Director. “With a wonderful team of volunteers, a dedicated building owner, and an incredibly creative artist, we are improving the quality of living in downtown Little Rock.”
“I’m excited to be selected as the muralist,” said Jason Jones, artist who speaks highly of Little Rock. “Last year, I had the pleasure of painting a small, temporary mural on Main Street. My time was really special when I was painting the mural downtown. People, who I had never met, were so kind and hospitable to me-- they brought me food, gave kind remarks, and even high-fived me. It will be nice to create a large permanent mural that will add to the landmarks of downtown Little Rock, and to give back to the community that welcomed me with open arms.”
The mural is approximately 4,500 square feet, reaching over forty feet high and one hundred twenty-eight feet wide. Jones will begin at the end of May, and the project should be completed by the end of June. No renderings of the design will be made available. Holmstrom added, “We want to keep the design a surprise, and we encourage folks to come down to Main Street and witness this special work of art come to life.”
For more information on how Downtown Little Rock Partnership is improving life downtown and in the city through public art initiatives and other work, please visit downtownlr.com or call 501-375-0121. To learn more about Jason Jones and to see examples of his work, please visit http://artistjasonjones.com/.