Filling in the blank spaces street art tallahassee is Transforming a former mall into an outdoor gallery

If you've been to the Centre of Tallahassee recently, you'll notice its massive transformation from its former life as the Tallahassee Mall. Where the food court once stood now stands a covered outdoor amphitheater and the first new restaurant on site, Dreamland BBQ; off to its right, an authentic Italian food hall has made its debut. The insides have been brought out, turned into walkable alleys and streets that create a town-like atmosphere. Empty storefronts are lined with "coming soon" signs and freshly built walls glean pristine in the sun.

But not for long.

Street Art Tallahassee, run by duo Chiara Saldivar McCluskey and Daniel O'Conner McCluskey, has formed a partnership with the Centre of Tallahassee to create an outdoor gallery of murals throughout the property. Focused on mural projects and art events, Street Art Tallahassee has already brought the city of Tallahassee over 12 murals in the past year and a half. Now they're charged with transforming the bland, generic walls of the Centre into works of public art.

There is potential in this former mall's blank walls to become a unique destination in Tallahassee for art lovers.

The first mural by Cuban-born artist Reinier Gamboa, located in the Music Alley, was completed in July. Local artists Parker Robinson and Cory Ryan were hired to assist in the mural painting.

David Zayas of Puerto Rico designed the most recently completed mural outside of the new School of Arts and Sciences breezeway. David is a veteran of international street art festivals with work in Cuba, New York City, Chile and his native Puerto Rico.

In an effort to continue to involve the local arts community in the process, two Tallahassee-based artists, Peter Koenig and Kellie Martin, aided David in the creation of the whimsical piece.

Peter Koenig prepping the background.
David's original sketches.

The Centre's future is looking colorful with Street Art Tallahassee.

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Mallory Brooks

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