Local artist creates interactive ‘street scene’ mural in Creekside Park
A visit this week to Creekside Park Village Green may include some unexpected added color as local artist Anat Ronen works on an interactive Italian village street scene mural painted on the wall next to Crust Pizza Co.
“This is a street scene of a very different place than here because of the sea and the mountains. This is some Mediterranean country, so maybe Italy or Spain,” Ronen said, describing her mural that stretches from floor to ceiling.
The piece also has an interactive element to it. Ronen is using a style called “trompe l’oeil”, which means “fooling the eye” in French.
“The viewing point, the perspective would be as if you are going down the hill and seeing houses. This particular style takes the surroundings into the painting because some of this floor will continue into it,” Ronen said. “If you’re standing (in front of it), it will look as if you’re inside the picture.”
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Ronen started the mural Tuesday morning and expects to finish it by the end of the day Thursday. She said she hopes the mural adds a pop of color to the monochromatic color scheme at the Village Green.
“It’s a beautiful place here, but there are only so many colors. This will add a lot of dimension and fun,” Ronen said. “The idea is to give a little gift for the public to interact with.”
Ronen started as a self-taught artist more than 10 years ago. She lives on the southeast side of Houston now, but she’s originally from Israel.
The piece is commissioned by The Woodlands Art Fund, which is directed by Robert Heineman. He’s also the vice president of planning and design with The Woodlands Development Company, a subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation.
This isn’t the first time that Ronen has created a piece in conjunction with the corporation. She’s done sidewalk and street art at an art crawl event at Hughes Landing this past November and has completed a mural in Bridgeland, a northwest-Houston-area master-planned community also being developed by the Howard Hughes Corp.
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“I think it’s great that properties and developers choose this, because it’s a win-win situation. They support artists and the arts, and we get to do our thing,” Ronen said. “I think it’s great that they are using local artists first, and I think it’s going to benefit everybody.”
For this permanent mural, Ronen worked with officials from the corporation on the vision for the scene to establish a relationship and trust between the two parties. She’s in the process of doing the same thing for the wall on the other side of the Village Green center, for which he hopes to create a scene that children pose with.