Blue Sky’s mu­ral keeps ap­prov­ing eye on down­town

The State (Sunday) - - Local - BY DAVID TRAVIS BLAND tb­[email protected]­tate.com David Travis Bland: 803-413-8485, @dtrav­is­b­land

When driv­ing through the Vista in down­town Columbia, you soon may get the feel­ing some­one’s watch­ing you.

Blue Sky, the renowned artist from Columbia, is work­ing on a new mu­ral near the cor­ner of Ger­vais and Assem­bly streets. The art is a sim­ple de­pic­tion of a woman’s eyes as if she’s look­ing over her shoul­der, Blue Sky told WLTX, which re­ported on the work in progress.

A crowd­fund­ing site was set up to help pay for the mu­ral. The goal is to raise $12,000.

“He loves to hear the word YES when it comes to cre­at­ing his mu­rals!” the fundraiser says, call­ing the new mu­ral “a gift to Columbia.”

The artist wanted the eyes to be “ap­prov­ing” he told WLTX.

“I wanted to do an in­spi­ra­tional piece,” he said. “I kept hon­ing down the idea un­til I reached the point where I thought if I could just show a pair of eyes.. happy... well, not happy, but ap­prov­ing... just look­ing straight at you ap­prov­ingly . ... A per­son who sees this mu­ral will prob­a­bly only see it for a tenth of a sec­ond. So it had to be sim­ple, di­rect, you see it all in a frac­tion of a sec­ond.”

The mu­ral’s be­ing painted on the side of a park­ing garage about 100 yards off the 1000 block of Ger­vais Street be­hind Tako­sushi. The work­ing ti­tle of the cre­ation is “Vista Vi­sion.” Blue Sky told WLTX he may ti­tle the com­pleted piece “Fleet­ing Glance.”

Blue Sky’s work holds a prom­i­nent place in Columbia’s land­scape. He’s the cre­ator of “Busted Plug Plaza,” the large fire hy­drant foun­tain on Tay­lor Street, and the nearby “TUNNLEVISION” mu­ral, which cre­ates the il­lu­sion of a tun­nel go­ing through the side of a build­ing, among other works.

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