Baker’s Alley, which provides access to parking behind the Arkansas Repertory Theatre (and which was named in honor of the late Cliff Baker), will be visited by buffalo when artist Guy Bell completes his mural there.
The Downtown Little Rock Partnership selected the design by Bell, a Little Rock painter and former gallery owner whose painting “Cain and Abel” was selected by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art curators for its first “State of the Art” exhibition, as part of its ongoing mural project. The commission will be the DLRP’s second. The first is Jason Jones’ mural at Union National Plaza at Fifth and Main streets.
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Bell’s 900-square-foot mural will run along a ramp that leads to the second level of the parking deck. It will picture American Bison ascending the ramp and is based on a painting of bison in a parking deck by Bell.
The DLRP is taking proposals for a mural to be located on the Simmons Tower Parking Garage at the corner of Sixth and Spring streets. That mural, at the corner entrance to the deck, will be in three sections, two measuring 28-by-26 feet and a third measuring 28-by-9 feet. The artist will receive $25,000 to cover the entire cost of the project, from paint to transportation to fees.