Jaziel Pugh, in collaboration with Color the Creek and Binder Park Zoo, put the finishing touches on two murals last week in the Miller Children’s Zoo at Binder Park.
“It is a thrill to have Color the Creek collaborate with Binder Park Zoo on this mural,” said Justin Andert, of Color the Creek. “It has been our goal since Day 1 to use creativity to brighten public spaces in Battle Creek. To now be working with a local institution to further both our missions while adding vibrancy to a community staple is very rewarding.”
The murals are two-walled structures that were originally animal shelters. The walled structures display color theory, positioning, pattern design and a subject matter of plants, amphibians, birds and reptiles. The murals are approximately 30 yards apart from each other, separated by the tracks of the Z.O.& O. train.
“This mural was a very intriguing project for me because I was given the opportunity to create an exciting mural that children could relate to and interact with,” Pugh said. “I love to loosen my style and approach new themes. The colors, shapes, patterns and design all played a significant role in this project. While the mural is a fun and interesting piece, there is an immense quality of precision and study that took place in order for the project to flow flawlessly. I am beyond grateful to have worked and participated in this collaboration with Binder Park Zoo. This work is for myself, Binder Park Zoo and many families to enjoy and appreciate.”
Since July 20, zoo staff and guests have been able to watch the progress of Pugh’s work as it developed through the stages of priming, design layout, color application and the fine details.
“We are thrilled with this project,” said Diane Thompson, president and CEO of the zoo. “The opportunity to share this stunning art that creatively delivers a message of conservation to our guests is truly a privilege. Structures that once provided shade for zoo animals have been transformed into spaces that now provide inspiration. What a great example of repurposing. There is a certain energy and excitement about the murals — you just feel happy to see them.”
The zoo mural project was funded by Color the Creek with support from the Battle Creek Community Foundation, private donors and the Binder Park Zoo.
Pugh, a Battle Creek native, has some of his large scale outdoor and indoor murals featured across the city.