By: Tori Harris
You know how, in most downtown areas, parking garages are just gray, cement structures where cars enter and exit? Well, thanks to VyStar’s recent collaboration with ArtRepublic and the talent of six exceptional artists, the VyStar Tower’s parking garage is basically a drive-thru museum.
Six artists came together to contribute to this collective artwork, called Transcending Color. The artists began painting the VyStar Tower’s garage on June 6th, working section by section, separately, and even together at times to bring the concept to life.
Our President/CEO, Brian Wolfburg says, “VyStar is pleased to work with ArtRepublic, not only to provide a more stimulating work environment for our employees, but also to contribute to ArtRepublic’s mission of shaping contemporary culture and helping artists thrive in the downtown Jacksonville community.”
ArtRepublic sets out to facilitate an atmosphere of well-being for those who get caught up in the stresses of everyday life. They achieve their mission by curating visually stimulating spaces in unlikely environments—such as inside a parking garage. The sight of the captivating shapes, colors and patterns featured in Transcending Color are meant to calm the senses of employees as they arrive to work and as they leave.
Some artists stayed until 12 a.m. working on the mural. Some showed up at 2 a.m. to start painting before the sun came up, and they didn’t leave until the sun went down. One artist, named Golden 305, shared that he doesn’t really operate on a strict schedule and he’s never been the type to wear a watch. When he feels creative, he goes out and paints.
Each talented artist dedicated their time and energy to help this project come to life. Artists like Remi Rough and Mark Ferreira painted from a lift, going as high as 80 feet in the air, while Ruben Gerardo worked against the sun and rain on the garage’s rooftop to create a mesmerizing, eye-catching piece. Ryan Coleman and Jason Woodside painted their abstractions with minimal light on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the garage—and the finished product looks awesome.
Below are the artists who contributed to Transcending Color. If you like their stuff, show them some appreciation by following their Instagram pages. And if you catch a glimpse of the mural when you’re downtown, be sure to post a picture and tag VyStar on Instagram!
Golden’s work is marked by vibrant colors and offbeat characters that borrow heavily from anime and comic book illustrations. His lighthearted pieces are meant to inspire smiles and laughter—brightening up monochromatic public spaces with touches of whimsy.
Ruben is a neo-figurative artist, known for his strong use of the line; graffiti-inspired technique/aesthetic; urban murals; and mixed media pieces and installations, which are all created with reclaimed objects and found artifacts.
Mark “CENT” Ferreira is a Graffiti writer, contemporary artist and graphic designer based in Jacksonville, FL. His work is typography-oriented with works of traditional graffiti and characters. Working predominately in aerosol, he’s inspired by geometry, mid-century design and comics.
Remi Rough is a world-renowned street and gallery artist from South London, England. Rough first started as a street artist in the 1980s, moving later to gallery art. His compositions are abstract with colored shapes and straight edges.
As a native Floridian, Woodside’s work has been inspired by the natural environment of his origin—particularly the energy of the sun, sea and land. Mixing bands of kaleidoscope pattern within geometric structures is Woodside’s signature aesthetic.
Ryan Coleman’s work combines gestural, abstract painting with carefully rendered elements inspired by classic cartoons. Intertwining bold shapes, vivid color schemes and traditional techniques found in vintage 2D cel animation, he reimagines entirely new compositions in his own distinctive form.