The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s East Concourse is currently undergoing a compelling transformation. Just in time for Memorial Day, Art Alley Artist Guild members Aaron “Amp” Pearcy and Derek “Focus” Smith have begun creation of an expansive, patriotic mural. With a mission to share and spread positivity, inspire creativity, and bring people together with art, Pearcy and Smith’s project is an expression of gratitude for the armed forces. In a partnership with the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, the mural is being created to commemorate the selfless service given by all military men and women.
Pearcy and Smith will include the names of all 6,500 soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. A portrait of a soldier will fade into the colors of the American flag and a B-1 Bomber, as well as the emblems of each military branch. Both artists share a deep sense of pride in creating the original artwork which is on display in the facility. “The remembrance of our fallen as well as the living is detrimental to keeping hope alive in the community, to keep those who have given the ultimate sacrifice close to heart and mind, and to keep those who are with us in prayer and acknowledgment.”
Along with their dedication to evocative art, both Pearcy and Smith are active within the region. Pearcy has been involved in the conception of five large scale building murals, all of which were created to benefit the community. These include the Hope mural in Pine Ridge, and a mural to commemorate the Taize pilgrimage taking place in Redshirt. Smith has recently worked with a Lakota art class, teaching students about graffiti and its history, styles, and famous personas. Together, the two artists hope that the mural featured in the Civic Center will serve as a gift to service men and women and their endless commitment to our country.
The public is invited to watch Pearcy and Smith as they create a showcase of commemorative artwork. The project is currently underway, with completion scheduled for the evening of Friday, May 24th. Any guests who would like to view the artists and their work are welcome to stop by the East Concourse from 9:00am to 8:00pm, located between the Ice Arena and the Food Court.
The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Along with the talented artists, our staff hopes the community will join in a celebration of our freedom, our family, and our strength.