Somewhere in its bold two-hundred foot expanse, onlookers are guaranteed at least one smile.
That’s an easy feat for the boldly colored mural depicting comic and animated characters that span generations. Whether it’s Angry Birds, Minions or Spy vs. Spy, there is something to catch everyone’s eye, no matter their age.
What began as a welcoming mural on the ground at the entrance to Every Nook + Cranny (ENC) artist collective, eventually grew to include the wall on the side alley. Artist and muralist Tim Parker started work on the mural in July.
Parker, a Mount Dora native, was eager to do the project, because it was the first time in his career he was given carte blanche to paint whatever he chose. ENC’s curator, Kaitlyn Zill, put her trust in Parker, and it paid off in spades The once boring entrance to the building now features bold characters and colors that draw customers and the curious right to her door.
The artist chose comic characters as his subject matter to represent his childhood and bridge the gap between older and younger generations. To date, the mural has taken over 300 hours and is not done yet. Zill and Parker are now considering continuing the artwork on the back of the building.
This isn’t the first large mural for Parker, who finds inspiration in the works of Basquiat and Lichtenstein, among others. He’s part of a team that painted large murals for 28 Tijuana Flats across the country.
The artist has several paintings depicting various subject matter for sale inside the large artists’ collective and is also commissioned to create murals for clients.
A few months ago, after Parker began his mural, another local mural drew the attention of Mount Dora’s code enforcement and resulted in a citation. The critical difference is that Parker’s mural is not in a residential area. The controversial Starry Night mural was created on private property in a residential neighborhood and was declared graffiti and later illegal signage by the city’s code enforcement officer.