The meaning and the man behind downtown Jupiter Abacoa’s new look


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Mural is expected to be finished this week in Jupiter

Jupiter mural features ocean design

A mural of a giant swimmer, the flowing ocean and — what else? — the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is taking shape on an 100-foot-long outside wall of a parking garage in Abacoa.

“I call it stylized water,” said Eduardo Mendieta, taking a break on a recent steamy morning as he unloaded his equipment for a day on the job at the parking garage on the first base side of Roger Dean Stadium.

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The blue, yellow, red and white mural off Town Center Drive is about 20 feet at its highest point. The mural tapers down to about 4 feet high on the side that features a woman swimming with brown hair flowing behind her.

The other side shows the red brick lighthouse over the Jupiter Inlet.

Outdoor art is nothing new in Abacoa. And more may be coming as the owners continue their effort to revitalize downtown Abacoa. New sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and signs have been added at downtown Abacoa since the new owners bought the property two years ago.

Three giant, bright red flying cardinals are painted on the second floor outside wall of Aaron’s Table & Wine Bar. The cardinals were painted by London artist Dean “Zeus” Colman.

“If people like the murals, we’ll have more,” said Josh Simon, a principal with Downtown Abacoa owners FLF ATC LLC, who commissioned Mendieta to do the mural.

A former graphics designer, Mendieta painted the outdoor mural across from O’Shea’s restaurant on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. The Union City, N.J. native has also painted murals on the beach at Hallandale Beach Boulevard and A1A, downtown Hollywood and Bayfront Park in Miami.

Mendieta, 44, also did the logo for the Civil Society Brewing Company and the murals inside the brewery, also in Abacoa.

Besides the logo depicting a dog’s head for Civil Society Brewing, Mendieta also did the murals inside the brewery, said Karl Volstad, one of the owners.

“The murals bring in that whole Jupiter vibe,” Volstad said. “It gives our business and others in Abacoa a whole different feel than other places.”

Mendieta started painting the Abacoa parking garage mural about two weeks ago. He expects to finish this week.

“It’s a classic Florida mural with a contemporary look,” he said.

Using a special artist spray paint from a can, he first sprays the outline. Then he fills in the lines with the yellows and blues. He uses spray paints and rollers to complete the mural.

“The spray paint lets me feather out the colors. I do not use a paint brush,” he said.

Different locations call for different painting styles, Mendieta said.

The Knoxville, Tenn. mural he was commissioned to paint was on a river.

“A river goes in one direction. So I used a running motion,” he explained. “Ocean water flows back and forth with the tides. So at (the Abacoa mural), I’m using a flowing motion.”



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