By Youri Cansell, known as Mantra
“I came all my way from North France to paint your mural in downtown Little Rock. Realizing a mural is sort of a journey on its own. Being part of this project means a lot in terms of unifying the entire state and in this case, painting is a powerful tool to unify people and connect communities.”
This mural is part of the ARkanvas project, an initiative installing 12 pieces of public art across the state. The project is under the direction of OZ Art, in partnership with Fort Smith based The Unexpected and global art curation firm Justkids. The butterflies and moths are all native to The Natural State.
400 President Clinton Ave.
3015 West Markham St.
7th St. West of Capitol Ave.
West 6th St. & Spring St.
"My design illustrates some of the natural beauty of Arkansas and the brilliant allure of the city as two people are seen peacefully reflecting on these places which they appear to long for and love. These large figures are set in the busy downtown business district and my hope is that this artwork will give its viewers a moment of pause and invite them to reflect on their own 'happy place' as they go about their day." — Joel Boyd, Artist
600 Block of Center St.
East 3rd St. & Main St.
Capitol Ave. & Main St.
"The mural concept that I created for this project, reflects that feeling of play and adventure. The large playful wagon contains the landmarks of downtown Little Rock. It's the overarching thought that we should all be encouraged to play and explore the area. Play brings a sense of joy and whimsy that can't be replicated by any other action. The idea is to share those same feelings of joy and whimsy with the bright color palette and the oversized children's wagon containing blocks, which are actually downtown landmarks. That spark of playfulness, we had as children, will come alive in the painting, while incorporating the important buildings and landmarks that make the downtown special and unique." — Jason Jones, Artist
West 6th St. and Main St.
East 6th St. and Main St.
Art reproduction installations at Baker’s Alley behind the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
“I created the original art [for Compassion] in 2009 for the Center for Women in Transition which helped incarcerated women transition back into society. The reproduction was installed in 2019.” — Steven Otis, Artist
East 6th St. & Scott St.
1300 East 6th St.
East 10th St. and Main St.
Golden Harvest celebrates Arkansas as the Nation's leading rice producer.
Rock Town Distillery (west-facing exterior wall)
1201 South Main St.
The Southside Main Street District (SoMa) embodies the very essence of neighborhood. SoMa is anchored by Community Bakery, having been around since 1947. It is sprinkled with the beautiful Bernice Garden that houses local artwork. Other restaurants include South on Main, Boulevard Bread Co., Raduno and the Root Café. SoMa is also home to multiple shops including the Green Corner Store & Tea Bar. Next door is Loblolly Creamery ice cream shop that has been featured in Saveur magazine. SoMa is home to Esse Purse Museum. Topping off the neighborhood are public art spaces.
Behind Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom
West 13th St. & Main St.
1500 South Main St.
“Esse Purse Museum owner Anita Davis commissioned me to paint this mural in 2012 on the museum’s north wall. She wanted a bright and fun mural with a skillet of cornbread (to tie into the Arkansas Cornbread Festival) and cosmic fruits & veggies that took inspiration from a vintage game called Space Faces. When drawing the mural, I imagined Cosmo "the cornbread man" (and the Arkansas Cornbread Festival mascot) singing to all the fruits & veggies with the BEEPS (Black-eyed peas) as back-up singers.” — Steven Otis, Artist
ESSE Purse Museum (southside exterior wall)
East 15th St. & South Main St.
7011 Cantrell Rd.
5921 Kavanaugh Blvd.
103 W. Capitol Ave.