The 28 year-old visual artist of the original and vibrant mural on the walls of the panther stadium at Clark Atlanta University believes artwork should evoke reactions and emotion that can trigger and develop ideas.
“I wanted the visuals of the black panthers to embody elements such as ferocity, focus, and power; all required aspects needed in physical sports,” Pash Lima said. “The geometric influences in the mural is derived from my own style that I’ve been developing over the years.”
Placing the animal in its own home, Lima chose to include portions of its natural environment such as the lively green foliage to balance the angled shapes all of which slightly masks the lurking panthers.
“Due to the size and complexity of the mural, along with the sudden prolonged weather changes and events, the mural took approximately 2 and a half months,” he shared.
Lima, who lives in Atlanta with his daughter has created other unique pieces of art to be spotted around Georgia in places like, the Fayetteville Water Treatment Plant, Underground Atlanta, Peters Street, Twelve Hotel, and Cabbagetown. His specialty is canvas and mural installations.
These murals and many others are currently listed on a map for Atlanta natives, implants and visitors alike to explore at their own leisure. One in particular is the Atlanta Street Art Map, an online tour guide to over 500 “Fabulous Atlanta Murals” developed by Art Rudick.
Rudick said, “When I saw that he was painting the mural at the Panther Stadium, I drove down and I did have the good fortune to meet him just as he was applying the finishing touches.”
He makes an attempt to meet each artist as they are working on their installment and get photographs to add to his frequently updated map. You can schedule a tour by visiting www.streetartmap.org.
“The goal of the Atlanta Street Art Map is to get people out into the neighborhoods to see Atlanta’s amazing treasure of street art,” he said. “The is especially true for AUC students because they are blessed to be located within walking distance to over 100 murals.”
Lima explained the importance of being open and humble enough to receive constructive criticism and how it will overall shape your level of expertise as an artist, “If you want to be one of the greats, you have to interact and learn from great.”