Introducing the River Market's new OZ Art mural by Mantra

 

 

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.




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Discover new works of art around the corner




No one gallery can contain Little Rock’s thriving arts scene, so it’s only natural that it spread onto walls and doors throughout the city. From larger-than-life critters and inspirational abstracts to artistic robots and dancing produce, Little Rock’s collection of public art is well worth exploring.

 



 

Butterfly Mural in the River Market

by Youri Cansell

400 President Clinton Ave.

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"Welcome To Stifft's Station"

by Matt McLeod

3015 West Markham St.

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"Peace"

by Various Artists including Jose Hernandez

7th St. West of Capitol Ave.

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"CITY DREAMERS"

by Joel Boyd

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

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This mural was sponsored by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

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"Talk With Your Hands"

by Arkansas School for the Deaf Students

600 Block of Center St.

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"ROBOT"

by Jason Jones

East 3rd St. & Main St.

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This mural was sponsored by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

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"PLAYTIME"

by Jason Jones

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

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This mural was sponsored by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

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"BENEATH THE SURFACE"

by Matt McLeod

West 6th St. and Main St.

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This mural was sponsored by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

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"BAKER'S ALLEY"

by Various Artists

East 6th St. and Main St.

Art reproduction installations at Baker’s Alley behind the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

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"JIMI"

by Tyler Arnold
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"MR. ROGERS 143"

by Levi Agee
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"EDGAR"

by Jaquita Bell
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"MARKET"

by Matthew Castellano
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"JUPITER"

by Heather Crockett
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"COMPASSION"

by Steven Otis
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These door murals were sponsored by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

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“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

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"MIGRATION"

by Guy Bell

East 6th St. & Scott St.

"Some of the oldest artwork on Earth was drawn on cave walls. Many cave paintings were visual descriptions of the animals that tribesmen hunted to survive. In creating these ancient pieces, early humans left behind a record of who they were as a people. We modern humans still like to leave marks behind. This mural is meant to evoke the spirit of artistic expression from ancient days up until now. In some ways, the concrete of this parking deck is similar to the walls of a cave. Using the bison, a popular subject in ancient art, this piece imagines how the ancient eye might come to understand our modern lives. The bison’s eyes are illuminated like car headlights. The idea behind this is that as we look back on the past in wonder, the spirits of the ancients also still inspire us. This piece seeks to celebrate the shared lineage of all living people through our most ancient ancestors, the bond we share through creation, and the desire to leave our individual mark."  — Guy Bell, Artist
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This mural was sponsored by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

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"MEN OF IRON"

by Jose Hernandez

 1300 East 6th St.

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"GOLDEN HARVEST"

by Matt McLeod

East 10th St. and Main St.

Golden Harvest celebrates Arkansas as the Nation's leading rice producer.

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This mural was sponsored by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

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"SOMA"

by Shannon Wallace Norman

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.

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3 DOORS

by various artists

Behind Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom

West 13th St. & Main St.

"Lie in Wait"

by Lisa Krannichfield
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"A Face to Remember"

by Bryan Frazier
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"Her Crown"

by Angela Davis
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These door murals were sponsored by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

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"YES WE CAN"

by Steven Otis

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

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"WOMAN WITH DOG"

by Steven Otis (Original Artist Unknown)

ESSE Purse Museum (southside exterior wall)

East 15th St. & South Main St.

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"CHANEL"

by Kristin Mccaslin

Fashion Exchange

7011 Cantrell Rd.

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"Eat Baja" Mural

Baja Grill

5921 Kavanaugh Blvd.

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"COVID-19"

by Guy Bell

103 W. Capitol Ave.

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These door murals were sponsored by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

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