ORLANDO, Fla. – November 3, 2014 – BIGEYE, a full-service integrated advertising agency based in Orlando, and the Downtown Arts District (DAD) this week announced the winner of its “BIGEYE on the Arts” contest – local artist German Lemus.
“Our selection committee had a difficult decision to make with such highly talented artists submitting some of the most creative mural designs,” said Justin Ramb, CEO of BIGEYE. “Ultimately, Lemus’ design captured the essence of what we were trying to accomplish with this contest. We’re extremely thankful for all of our community partners who helped make this project a reality.”
Lemus’ mural is currently under production, and will be on display along highly trafficked Anderson Street on BIGEYE’s building at 500 S. Magnolia Ave., right next door to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The mural is meant to celebrate the ad agency’s new neighbor, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and the area’s booming cultural corridor.
“The City Beautiful has finally blossomed into a hub of creativity, and I am in the front-row seat,” said artist German Lemus. “This design reflects how our city is roaring with bright colors, elegance and splendor.”
Lemus will receive a $750 cash award for participation, and art supplies to complete the project will be donated by Sam Flax of Orlando.
A local panel of community leaders reviewed and named Lemus the winner from the qualified submissions. Those panelists were:
- City of Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill
- Barbara Hartley, Downtown Arts District
- Craig Leicester, Aloft Orlando Downtown
- Wagner Dos Santos, BIGEYE
- Seth Segura, BIGEYE
- Dana Loncar, Consensus Communications
“I’ve known German for many years now, as his work has been displayed at several events in the arts community throughout Central Florida and he curates and operates the Culture Xchange Gallery in the Fashion Square Mall,” said Barbara Hartley, executive director for the Downtown Arts District. “His work embodies his passion and dedication to the arts and the local community. It’s great to see his work featured in this public space.”
The mural is anticipated to be complete the week of Nov. 3, just in time for the grand opening events at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.