Cummer disguises construction fence, piques interest in permanent collections

Cummer disguises construction fence, piques interest in permanent collections
Mural artists Mark “Cent” Ferreira and Shaun Thurston

In anticipation of a multi-year construction project on property which formerly contained the Woman’s Club of Jacksonville, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens commissioned three local artists to collaborate on a 1,480-square-foot mural to disguise the construction fence – and to pique the interest of passers-by about its collections inside the museum.

The mural, depicting 14 pieces of artwork, including paintings, porcelain and sculptures on display in eight galleries inside, was celebrated with an outdoor reception Aug. 22 at the Riverside-based museum.

The collaboration between Mark Ferreira of Centism Design and Shaun Thurston, both of Riverside, and Dustin Harewood, of Lakeshore, represents the museum’s collection in a meaningful and approachable way.

“We got to choose, out of the permanent collection, what we wanted to see on the wall,” said Ferreira.

Over the course of 2.5 months, the artists spray painted the mural on the 185-foot-long by 8-foot-high wooden fence, which will be varnished with a protective washable, clear coat that will protect the mural from fading, scratching and chipping.

“My mission was to be as accurate as possible but with a different medium,” said Thurston. “I had to make a little compromise on what spray paint can do versus a brush; it’s easy to be accurate on a large scale with spray paint but to go in tight with it more difficult.”

Thurston and Ferreira collaborated on the front section, adding the word Cummer to blend the classic images with the contemporary. Ferreira used his graphic design skill to incorporate pixel clouds on the front and on the side, which contains Harewood’s contribution, a nod to his wife Yuki’s Japanese heritage.


By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community New

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