Located within the Lone Star Garage at the shopping district, the first mural, titled "Sugar Rush", pays homage to the area’s sugary roots with a candy-centric design depicting a spice rack stacked with candy jars, according to a Jan. 11 announcement. Houston-based and Israeli-born muralist Anat Ronen, who counts Disney, Google, the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science among her numerous clients, designed the community art piece, which spans three sections, according to the announcement.
The community art projects come as Sugar Land Town Square looks to reinvigorate the shopping district and improve the shopping experience for customers, said Matt Ragan, director of retail programming and operations for Rebees—the real estate company managing the district—in an interview with Community Impact Newspaper.
“Public art is important and should be at the center of all communities,” Ragan said in the announcement. “We are thrilled about this collaboration and the opportunity to bring a kinetic piece of public art to the heart of this area, adding another layer to the rich attractions, currently and soon on their way to Sugar Land Town Square.”
Joining Ronen are artists who helped create a second seven-mural series in the Texas Garage, including Mark Deleon, Luisa Duarte, Tatiana Escallon, Veronica Ibarguengoitia, Vanessa Rojas and Carrie Swim. That series was curated by Sugar Land-based nonprofit Art Museum TX and showcases a variety of artistic styles, including geometric, figurative, illustrative, realist and abstract, according to the announcement.
“I purposely chose a variety of artists that would create enough contrast, not just in color, but in styles,” said Ana Villaronga-Roman, Art Museum TX director and curator, in the announcement. “I want to keep the spectator's interest throughout their walk or drive. I want the viewer to learn without noticing, to open their mind to the different styles in art that we have in our area, and to show the diversity in our area.”