Creative house Justkids invited London based French artist Camille Walala to their fifth edition of The Unexpected art event in Downtown Fort Smith.
Camille Walala known for her colourful world has taken over all dimensions of a vintage gas station and completing one of the many thrilling new public art pieces in Fort Smith curated by Justkids.
Located at the main intersection of Grand Avenue and 11th street the ‘Walala Pump & Go’ gas station features the artist eclectic trademark tribal pop style. Vibrant geometric colour patterns highlight and compliment the existing elements with a dynamic brio.
“The artist’s bold and playful style incredibly enhances built space and architecture, creating welcoming social spaces. After five years of curating diverse visual projects in Fort Smith, I learned that a big part of good place-making is creating community and a sense of re-discovery of the beauty that is there, in the city, all along, and Camille’s work does just that” Charlotte Dutoit Justkids curator
Camille Walala is influenced by her travels, the Memphis movement, optical art masters and the Southern Ndebele tribe women, and she brought her experiences and vision to the 1950’s gas station and transformed it into an eye-catching social space in just one week, thanks to the amazing community effort and collaboration of local artist Nate Meyers (Buffalo) and a group of skilful volunteers.
“I love this canvas, it was exciting to do something really bold, that stands out on a bigger scale. We had a great team of people working with us for a few days, most of them were locals from Fort Smith who came to help and it has been an amazing execution of the project.” Camille Walala
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Photo Credit Justkids