The mural brings in vibrant colors, a reminder of Myrtle Beach’s past

For the creators of Myrtle Beach’s newest public art installation — a striking building-wide painting envisioned as a tribute to the city’s past — the project is much larger than its 2,400 square feet.

“The murals are definitely looking to the future and that (feeling of) bringing the community together, so we wanted it to be a place where people come together,” said Stacey Lyon, interior designer and 42nd class member. of Leadership Grand Strand, about the exhibit at 503 9th North Avenue, which overlooks Nance Plaza.

With its bubbling fountain, stone benches, and bird’s eye view of the ocean, the downtown gathering place is a pivot between the city’s future and difficult past.

Nance Plaza is a centerpiece of the city’s ambitious Arts and Innovation District, which will eventually provide space for new municipal offices, a library, museums, a business incubator and businesses. other amenities.

It’s home to Grand Strand Brewery and Mashburn Construction while around the corner is HTC’s Aspire Hub, a coworking space for entrepreneurs.

“To me, this seems like the center of what the city of Myrtle Beach really is,” said Kathy Strauss, professional photographer and Leadership Grand Strand graduate.

Designed to match the neighborhood’s color scheme and branding, Leadership Grand Strand’s 22-member team spent more than six months from conception to completion, depicting some of the most hallmarks of the city: golf, the Swamp Fox roller coaster, a Springmaid pier silhouette, shag dancers and Charlie’s Place – a legendary nightclub which, over its 30-year history, has seen performances by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.

“I love that we’re remembering our history, but sort of looking ahead to the future,” said Diana Greene, who oversees the Grand Strand Leadership program.

The mural replaces a mural that was first painted in 2016.

“When we talk about public art, we know it’s something that enhances our area, but needed to be changed over time to be fresh and new, and that’s what we have done here today,” said Mayor Brenda Bethune.

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