British artist paints 50-foot mural in Rogers

State News

ROGERS, Ark. – A building in downtown Rogers got a makeover this week. 

London-based artist Rich Simmons painted a mural on the side of the old ice house building. 

The more than 50-foot tall mural shows a woman wearing sunglasses with the images of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” on each lens. 

This project is a partnership between the City of Rogers, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Walton Family Foundation, which granted the city $30,000 to fund the mural. 

“I have a couple of paintings in Crystal Bridges Museum at the moment, the Superman and Wonder Woman show; “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder”. So I wanted to come out and see the show and see my first paintings at the museum. They invited me over and  I said if I’m going to be in Arkansas I might as well come and do a mural. People started throwing walls at me and they offered the biggest one in Arkansas, so I said yes,” says Simmons. 

Simmons believes this is his biggest mural yet. 

He’s spent about 80 hours painting it. 

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