Austin Floyd / Photo: City of Fayetteville
The mural work along Archibald Yell Boulevard includes the replacement of the outdated painting of the Fayetteville High School Bulldog.
Artists Austin Floyd and Jeremy Navarette started painting two new murals this week on the north and south sides of the wall that runs along the west side of Archibald Yell from Rock Street to South Block Avenue.
The Fayetteville Arts Council selected the two artists after evaluating conceptual designs following a call for submissions in December.
Floyd, of Fayetteville, was chosen to paint the 108-square-foot mural on the north side of the wall at the intersection of Rock, next to the high school bulldog painting. Jeremy Navarette, of Springdale, was chosen to create a larger mural on the south side of the wall, spanning 408 square feet over the first three sections of the concrete wall.
Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer
The murals are part of a larger series of planned improvements to Archibald Yell that were included in the bond issue approved by Fayetteville voters in 2019.
The theme for the murals is “Experience the adventure of Fayetteville!”
Floyd’s design depicts a group of animals native to the region, riding roller skates, a bicycle, a wagon, a scooter and a skateboard along the sidewalk.
Floyd will also replace the bulldog painting, according to a social media post from the School District.
“Don’t worry! The bulldog is back,” the post reads. “Artist Austin Floyd is at work this week to replace our bulldog on the corner of College and Rock St. Go Dogs!”
Navarette’s mural shows several images, including flowers, a sunset, fireflies, a couple walking a dog, a biplane, a mountain biker and a cardinal.