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Cosby Hayes Begins Underpass Mural as Backdrop to Skatepark

Post Date:06/05/2020 5:26 PM

OCALA, Fla. (June 5, 2020) – The City of Ocala, through its Cultural Arts and Sciences Division, announces work on a new mural on the underpass behind the Ocala Skatepark. Tallahassee-based artist, Cosby Hayes will begin painting the new mural on June 8. The latest project commissioned by the Division will serve to enhance the Ocala Skatepark that the city opened in 2019.  The mural was approved by City Council in September 2019 as part of the 2020 fiscal year budget with the concept approved by the Ocala Municipal Arts Commission (OMAC).

The concept for the mural features a repeating pattern of multi-colored skateboard trucks. “The mural utilizes the full canvas and explores the relationship between the viewer and the subject matter. By painting the skateboard trucks much larger than life, an interesting visual contrast is created,” said Hayes. “In addition, the negative and positive space between the parts of the skateboard create a visually unique composition and, hopefully, a captivating backdrop for skateboarders and photographers alike. The colors invoke a feeling of inclusiveness and the celebration of our differences as people, and how the things that make us different are also the things that make our communities more vibrant and interesting places to live and visit.”

About the Artist

Prior to earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University (FSU), Cosby Hayes found his passion for art through graffiti. During his time at FSU, he studied the Old Masters, who became strong influences on his work and after moving to Miami in 2015, Cosby began receiving commissions for public works of art and never looked back. Hayes finds inspiration for his work in the social, economic, and political issues that shape our world. His work focuses on unity and the collective strength we have when we come together for a common cause, solidarity. His work has taken him to Argentina for the Meeting of Styles as well as cities across the southeastern United States where he has been commissioned by city governments, non-profits and businesses to bring color and energy to walls across his hometown. Cosby Hayes now lives in Tallahassee, Florida. As a community organizer and activist, he is constantly creating new works with his girlfriend and collaborator Sarah Painter.

Ocala Cultural Arts

 The City of Ocala offers many visual and performing art opportunities in city spaces. Public art is complimentary and is intended for everyone to enjoy. Detailed information about current programming and future projects can be found at www.ocalafl.org/culturalarts. Self-guided public art tours are available at Ocala.oncell.com.

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