Head to the end of the street and look to your left to see a giant surprise on the back of this older church building. You will want to get up close to see this one.
Title: “Disco Ball”
Location: 420 E. 15th Street
Artist: Jen Hills
Media: Acrylic paint
Artist Info: @2hills
Disco Ball mural
Backstory and Context
Story: Jen Hills loves pop art, pin-ups, and all things colorful and cute. Hills is a local artist with a degree in art from East Carolina University. Her other murals are in Camp North End and South End and this wall was painted for Talking Walls 2021. Take a closer look at the brick of this older building. Notice how textured and uneven the brick appears. Hills called this a “thirsty wall” meaning that is took a lot of paint to get the really saturated colors of her composition.
Key Formal Elements:
· Geometric shapes of mirror tiles
Make the Connection: Jen Hills loves glitter. And if she can’t put glitter in a mural it will be sparkly and shiny for sure. The “Disco Ball” sits slightly off center and twirls in the light creating lots of vibrant colors. Notice how the artist’s design integrates with the windows of the building.
Pro Tip: Catch the mural late afternoon or early sunset for the best light and color.