With the Scioto River in such close proximity to this space, I found it an obvious inspiration for this mural proposal. Rivers are a source of life, something both dependable and unpredictable. It’s a perfect metaphor for time, life, and community. Time plays a subtle but important role in this humble piece of land with it’s long, rich history. The same way this river hugs the neighborhood, time too, is ever flowing in one direction - sometimes fast and white-crested, and at other times, slow and muddy. This surrealist illustration plays on that idea. The woman trying to capture time in her hands, illuminated in the present moment, but fading into the past and the future. More than anything, the river is a source of life. Within this fluid ribbon there lives a diverse and beautiful community, comprised of a variety of creatures that live here; great herons, turtles, deer, fish, and a massive variety of tiny winged things, to name a few. It is a balance that our own community can strive for - all the pieces and parts depending on one another to grow and thrive. This mural is depicted in my own signature surrealist style; colorful, memorable and engaging with a touch of magic.
Lucie Shearer is an artist, illustrator, muralist, and designer working out of her home studio in Columbus, Ohio. Her surreal, fantasy works discuss themes such as love, intuition, emotional exploration and human connection. Each piece tells a story through metaphor, using body language, composition, light, and symbolism. Some common imagery includes feminine figures, hands, the moon and stars, nature, water, and unusual glowing objects. Figures will often have misplaced “pieces” like a game of Jenga. She wants her work to create an experience of visceral connection, a peek into vulnerability, and help create empathy among strangers.
Shearer has shown in art spaces and galleries such as Rivet, Wild Goose Creative, Gallery1988, 400 West Rich, Blockfort, and 934 Gallery. Her work has also been shown at events such as the Greater Columbus Arts Festival, Illuxcon, GenCon, Ohayocon, Craftin’ Outlaws and Prints & Pints. Lucie has worked with clients such as Independents’ Day Festival, Urban Scrawl, Columbus Women & Girl’s Fest, 934 Fest and 934 Gallery, Franklinton Arts District, North High Brewing, Game Arena, McConnell Arts Center, and BalletMet, among others. Lucie is an instructor at CCAD and also mentors young artists through public programs such as 934 Fest Murals and ARtsway.
This mural is a celebration of Columbus’ culture and diversity. For this mural, I took inspiration from the indigenous people who originally inhabited this land to the diverse people, like myself, who now call Columbus home.
In my work, I am known for a motif I create called Godmasks. Godmasks represent and embody qualities we strive to achieve. For this mural concept, I have created a Godmask with direct inspiration from my Puerto Rican heritage. This Godmask is a Vejigante, a celebratory mask Puerto Ricans create with roots in Spanish, African, and Taino traditions. Like the Godmask in this mural, Vejigantes usually have many horns and are covered in bright colors and patterns.
Looking at the location for this mural, I was inspired by the indigenous meaning of the words Scioto and Olentangy. Scioto is Wyandot for “deer.” Olentangy is a Delaware word meaning “river of the red face paint.” Interestingly, the Olentangy River was originally called Keenhongsheconsepung, which in Delaware means “stone for your knife stream,” a reference to the shale found along its shores.
This mural features a Vejigante Godmask in the foreground with red facial markings and antlers inspired by deer. In the background, my mural concept portrays a roughly striated pattern mimicking shale embankments on a river bed. The two distinct patterns in the background are different iterations of the carnation, Ohio’s state flower. The play of these two patterns also reminds us of the winding dance of the two rivers, Olentangy and Scioto.
This mural integrates my personal artistic style with Columbus’ rich history by providing a memorable and engaging aesthetic. The influence of my Puerto Rican heritage in this mural provides an iconic image that is welcoming to all by representing the diverse fabric of our community.
Adam Hernandez is a self-taught visual artist born and raised in the Bronx. He is most known for his street art and modern hieroglyphic-inspired style from the Land of Thunderbirds.
He has been commissioned to create artwork for clients including Maker’s Mark, Jack Daniel’s, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Condado Tacos, and the Ohio State University. He has painted murals at street art destinations worldwide from the B Line in Chicago to the Searle Street Graffiti Park in Capetown, South Africa.
His artwork has been featured on NBC’s Chicago PD and he has been featured in multiple publications including Sold Magazine, Delta Sky Magazine and PBS.org. He was named Best Artist in Columbus by Columbus Alive in 2019. Most recently, he has partnered with Jackie O’s Brewery for an ongoing series of limited-edition cans and a mural at their new Columbus, OH location.
This mural, titled “Collective Consciousness,” celebrates the important relationship between our naturalistic history and technological advances aimed to preserve our environment. The portrait is a collage of elements from nature and science: native flowers, historically-cultivated plants, and a young deer blend seamlessly with molecular structures and technological symbols. Visually filled with pieces of history, the figure symbolically carries the essential, ancestral knowledge of nature from the lower Scioto Valley region. Her gaze is forward, representing Columbus’ progressive stance on science and technology and its smart-city status. Her message is one of interconnection: we must look both to our roots and to scientific advancement to preserve our natural environment.
The mural is approached with a variety of styles: expressionistic, realistic, and graphic. Just as the visual genre varies from abstract to representational, the content also ranges from geometric to organic material. The natural components include flowers native to the area, such as blue-eyed grass and purple coneflower. A custom botanical pattern is composed of indigenous plants that were historically cultivated by Hopewell tribes along the lower Scioto River Valley, including goosefoot and marsh elder. The deer references the name “Scioto” itself, from the Iroquoian-speaking Wyandot tribe’s word for “deer.” The graphic imagery consists of chemical diagrams, abstract shapes, and computer chip icons. The molecular structure design depicts Betalain, a rare fuchsia-like pigment found in the native goosefoot elder. The fuschia color itself is used throughout the design and in the skintones of the figure's face.
These visual connections between the delicate drawing of goosefoot and the graphic design of its chemical structure reflect the relationship between the natural and scientific world. This connection is essential to the success of our city’s smart outlook. The mural’s proximity to COSI deepens the relevance of its message, as the center also emphasizes botanical engagement with science and technology. Looking boldly forward, and carrying ingredients of both our past and future, this portrait addresses the reliance between history and progress in our community.
Nick Stull received his BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University with a concentration in painting, drawing, and sculpture. His experimental portraiture has been exhibited locally, regionally, and nationally and he is represented by Sarah Gormley Gallery in Columbus, OH and Red Arrow Gallery in Nashville, TN. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Sarah Gormley Gallery, Columbus, OH;, Blockfort Gallery, Columbus, OH; Gallery 22, Delaware, OH; Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN; and 934 Gallery, Columbus, OH. Nick also owns an art & design company called Day Blink Creative LLC, where he produces a variety of large-scale murals, custom painting & portraiture, and branding & design projects. Previous commission and brand partners include: Germain Cars, ShadowBox Theatre, Marriott Hotels, White Castle, Elford Development, Avenue Partners, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and White Claw, to name a few.
Prior to Day Blink Creative, Nick was an exhibit designer and installation supervisor at The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH. There he oversaw the design, layout, and installation of numerous exhibitions, including the works of Taryn Simon, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Ann Hamilton, William Kentridge, and Carmen Herrera. Past positions include: Co-Owner and Gallery Director of 83 Gallery and Gallery Director of Mac Worthington Gallery. Nick also serves on the board for The Ross Art Museum at Ohio Wesleyan University.