The toddler ran right up to the mural on the stage doors at the city’s Mizner Park Amphitheater, attracted to the ballerina. Except for finishing touches, the artist’s image is ready for its close-up, muralist Eduardo Mendieta said on Monday, Jan. 18.
His winning design, anchored by a bright yellow sun, has a musician playing a stand-up bass. The ballerina’s tutu morphs into ocean waves. Behind her is a rendering of Boca Raton’s old City Hall…a nod to the city’s history. “I love it. We’ve been watching it go up,” said Sarah Caro.
Using only spray cans to paint, Mendieta said he’ll apply a clear coat to protect the 30-by-60-foot image from the weather. The West Palm Beach artist said he was “validated” when city council chose his work from 29 artists for this Art in Public Places project.
Known as EMO, Mendieta has painted large-scale public murals for more than 10 south Florida municipalities. His credentials include the featured artist in the XLVI Superbowl Indianapolis Mural Project.
By Marci Shatzman