Artists announced for Green Candy public art project

“Big Raccoon” by Bordalo II in Balem, Portugal. The Portuguese artist was one of several artists chosen to create work in Fayetteville later this month.

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A mix of international and local artists will soon begin work on Fayetteville’s Green Candy public art project.

Experience Fayetteville, the city’s tourism department, today announced the list of artists selected to participate in the project, curated by global creative house JustKids, the same group who curated the renowned “The Unexpected” street art festival in Fort Smith and the recent owl mural painted by Puetro Rican artist Alexis Diaz in downtown Fayetteville.

Internationally-recognized artists who will join the roster for the event include Bordalo II (Portugal), Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Bicicleta Sem Freio (Brazil) and Marina Zumi (Argentina). Local artists selected were Jason Jones (Fayetteville) and Gina Gallina (Eureka Springs).

Marina Zumi’s “Honeycomb of Life” mural in Halle, Germany / Courtesy

Each artist will create a mural or three-dimensional work that will be displayed at various locations around downtown Fayetteville.

Charlotte Dutoit, owner and curator of JustKids, described Green Candy as an “art action” aimed at drawing attention to waste and sustainability through engaging art projects.

“Cities and communities all around the world have a growing stake in developing cultural and conscious conversations around sustainability,” Dutoit said. “Going beyond intellectual knowledge and approaching these problems and potential solutions with imagination is, for us, the right approach. Some of the people best suited to help reimagine our consumption and waste behavior are artists and creatives.”

Installation of the art is scheduled for the week of Aug. 21 in conjunction with the Fayetteville Roots Festival.