Placemaking with Art

Cultivating inspiring spaces is both an art and a science, and original art is the magic factor that can weave discovery and delight into every corner. In the past few years, we’ve realized the power of art to enliven spaces and bring people together. We’re pleased to share these works that inspire us every day, and we hope that you will visit them in person.

Dapper Murals

Artist Steve Adair’s murals appear at Uptown Fayetteville Apartments. Adair’s paintings draw inspiration from images of the past. The murals are part of a series called “Dapper,” works that are inspired by film stills, magazine ads, and family snapshots from the 1950s. “I want the viewer to approach these works as they would a wall covered in graffiti, or an old weathered billboard, where the layers or different paint and texture create a history within the artwork,” said Adair.

“Dapper” by Steven Adair, 2017.

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“Veronica” by Steven Adair, 2017.

Sound Swings

We approached Craig Colorusso after seeing his CUBEMUSIC on exhibit at the Arts Center of the Ozarks. We loved that his work was so immersive and interactive. In keeping with the guidelines of building healthy places, we wanted to create an active outdoor experience that would attract people of all ages, and Craig created musical swings that emerge from the ground as if they grew there. Sound Swings at Uptown is near the Mud Creek Trailhead at Uptown Fayetteville Apartments. Sound Swings, which was fabricated by Modus Shop, is an interactive set of swings – sized for adults – that play music. Each swing operates independently with its own section of the composition triggered by a participant. The music is made by an electric guitar; the lightness of the sound is designed to enhance the feeling of flight. It is everything that we had hoped for and more. The work is literally uplifting, and we love to watch people experience it.

“Sound Swings” by Craig Colorusso, fabricated by Modus Shop.

Uptown Quilt

The first public artwork at Uptown Fayetteville Apartments was a large-scale mural by Olivia Trimble. A prolific sign painter, Trimble turned her paintbrushes toward non-commercial creative work a few years ago with The Quilt Square Project, a series of larger-than-life quilt squares in public spaces. These installations are inspired by traditional quilt patterns presented in a fresh modern palette. “As a sign painter, my passion lies in improving the urban landscape,” Trimble said. “This piece engages visitors from the trail system as well as the people who live at Uptown, and the pattern evokes the kind of feelings that so many of us had while wrapped up in quilts when we were children.”

“Uptown Quilt” by Olivia Trimble, 2016.

200 W Center Mural

Over a few days last month, Fayetteville artists Matt Miller and Jason Jones created a luminous mural outside of the newly opened Lululemon at 200 W Center. Spangled with glowing orbs, the mural hints at the building’s history as home of an electric company. Visit the mural to find the artists’ Easter egg within this large work.

200 W Center mural by Matt Miller and Jason Jones, 2018.

Altered Thrift Store Art at 112 W Center

Each floor of the newly renovated 112 W Center sports an upcycled thrift store painting by Fayetteville artist Jason Jones. In Jones’ work, seemingly bucolic scenes are disrupted by a friendly and anachronistic robot. These cheeky paintings are an fitting finishing touch to a modern reinterpretation of a mid-century office building.

Thrift Store art by Jason Jones, 2018.

Thrift Store art by Jason Jones, 2018.



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