The mural competitors was instructed by Kelly Wallace, treasurer of the enterprise affiliation and proprietor of the Property Sale Store on Brady Road.
“That is a part of the redevelopment of the Hilltop, and we’ve got plans for extra murals, believing artwork makes the world a nicer place,” she stated.
The mural unveiled Friday is nineteen toes extensive and eight toes tall and was executed completely with brushes. The largest problem was bodily — with a bumpy brick wall, it is troublesome to get a clear line, Colvin stated as vehicles buzzed by on Harrison.
The portray options swirling strains and flowers, with the facet view of a kid’s face tucked into one of many swirls. That’s for Colvin’s son, Atom, who was born 4 months in the past. Delivery additionally speaks to development, Colvin stated.
Dominant colours are shiny pink, inexperienced, blue, yellow and purple, and all the things is printed in black.
By day — 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Colvin works as a clerk in a warehouse in Eldridge. He does portray on the facet, posting on-line to his Instagram web site, @derekcolvin80 and promoting some work on the Quad-Metropolis Arts Gallery in Rock Island. He additionally painted the skin of Cabana’s, in Rock Island.
The rationale the second mural is just not being painted instantly on the facet of the constructing is that the facet fronts an alley and it was decided it will not be protected for Smith to be working from a ladder at that spot, Wallace stated.