Fenix Fayetteville to celebrate ‘Athena’ mural Nov. 2

Athena / Staff photo

A new mural on the Fayetteville square is complete, and a celebration to commemorate the occasion is happening this weekend.

Fenix Gallery will host the celebration, set for 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The event is a celebration of a new mural created through a collaboration by local artists Octavio Logo and Eugene Sargent. The mural, located in the narrow alley west of the Arvest Bank building on the north side of the square, features a warrior named Athena whose sword and shield are traded for a paint brush and palette to signify the power of art.

The artists used an artistic technique called anamorphosis in which an object is depicted in a distorted perspective requiring the viewer to take special action – such as looking at it from a specific angle – to see the intended image. The artists believe it may be the first Anamorphic mural in the state.

The project was funded in part by a $10,000 grant from the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission, and is part of the Fenix art gallery’s “Our Universe” series. Hayden McIlroy, who owns the building where the mural is being painted, also pledged $10,000 for the project.

The celebration on Saturday will include music by the UA World Music Ensemble, Prana – The Sound Wizard, food by Yeyo’s Mexican Food and Zuppa Zuppa, local brews, juggling, and more.

The event is free to attend and open to the public.