Friday, April 5, 2013
New mural in Oak Cliff pays homage to Bishop Arts visionaries and Stevie Ray Vaughan
It's their pride and joy.
OAK CLIFF Oak Cliff native Stevie Ray Vaughan forever lives in his home district as of April 4 when community leaders unveiled a new mural in the Bishop Arts District.
The mural, which was commissioned by commercial real estate developer Jim Lake Companies, depicts a serene view of Lake Cliff Park on a sunny day from beneath a stone arch. Local design firm Eyecon painted the mural to scale so that pedestrians walking by could seemingly head down the acrylic path to the lakefront. The image practically jumps off the brick wall.
A curious statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan holding his guitar sits modestly on the lawn of Lake Cliff Park though, in reality, it does not exist.
“This is a very special piece to us,” said Eyecon muralist Jeff Garrison, adding that the company has been stationed in the neighborhood for 17 years. “We’ve done many works in and around Dallas, but this one is home.”
Located on Seventh Street at Davis Boulevard, the Lake Cliff Park mural pays tribute to the history of Oak Cliff as well as Martin Weiss and Jim Lake Sr., the two men who led a revitalization of the Bishop Arts District. Eyecon worked with Jim Lake Companies for more than two years on the iconography and spent the last three cold months transferring it onto the north face of Bishop Street Market.
Jim Lake Jr., CEO of the company that commissioned the piece, spoke at the unveiling ceremony alongside Councilwoman Delia Jasso, both of whom were emphatic about the area’s development over the last couple of decades. The intrinsic value of the Lake Cliff mural, they explained, ties the tumultuous past of the neighborhood together with their hopes for the future.
"We want this to encourage our entrepreneurs, owners, and shop keepers," said Councilwoman Jasso.Follow @tineywristwatch
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