Jason Jones, the creator of the temporary mural of a robot hanging paintings in the 300 block of Main Street, has been chosen by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership to create a mural on the east side of the Union National Plaza Building at 124 W. Capitol Ave. The wall borders the parking lot in the 400 block of Main. The mural is part of the DLRP’s “InspiredLR” public art initiative, which also includes “Between the Bricks,” which calls for paintings on alley doors. The image was selected from 75 entries, the DLRP said in its press release announcing Jones’ selection.
Jones’ brick canvas is 4,500 square feet, 40 feet at the tallest point and 128 feet wide at the widest. Two entry bays create a gap in the middle. Anderson Penix, spokesman for the DLRP, said the image that Jones will create is a secret, but that it will incorporate Little Rock landmarks.
Jones, of Fayetteville, has created more than 100 murals in Northwest Arkansas, among them the Bentonville Octopus; the Cloud Theater at the Scott Family Amazeum, also in Bentonville; and the Great Blue Heron on a skateboard and Doug the Deer in Siloam Springs. He also does interiors and alters thrift store art. He’ll receive a $30,000 commission.
Penix said the owners of Union National Plaza are contributing a portion of the cost. The work should begin the last week of May.