Fish ‘pop off the wall’ in new mural in downtown Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Things in downtown Huntsville just got a little brighter. A mural was unveiled this morning, giving new life to an old building.

Located at 200 West Side Square, the nearly 100-foot mural by Red Brick Strategies took five days to paint, with more than 20 volunteers helping out with the project. The mural features Koi fish just like the ones in Big Spring Park.

Dustin Timbrook led a team of artists in the project.  They used a technique known as "forced perspective"... a concept where the art is created in such a way that is best viewed from a specific marked location at the site.

"Something Interesting" mural in Downtown Huntsville. (Photo Credit: Red Brick Strategies, Inc)

"Something Interesting" mural in Downtown Huntsville. (Photo Credit: Red Brick Strategies, Inc)

“Huntsville is a smart city,” said Timbrook, who is Red Brick’s Creative Director. “It’s time we start producing smarter public art. Stuff that forces people to stop, think, and engage. We want to inspire creativity and more projects to really showcase the kind of creative minds we have here in Huntsville. We appreciate DHI for giving us the opportunity to do this and hope that it continues to grow.”

Downtown Huntsville, Inc. has been working with Red Brick since the beginning to find creative ways to make downtown something unique.

"Having art that is tied to an old garage that was just a concrete art is just one of the effects that adds to the vibrancy of the things we're able to have in the downtown area," said Mayor Tommy Battle.

This mural was made possible because of Downtown Huntsville Inc's 'Something Interesting' micro grant contest by PNC Bank to help promote innovation and excitement in the area.