Opt for Optimism
San Antonio artists talk inspiration behind their bright new Pearl district mural
If you happen to be near the Pearl, seek out the new "Optimism Starts With You" mural that has gone up on the West Clay block wall at 125 W. Grayson St. The giant public artwork has brought a bright burst of color to the area.
"I feel optimism means to live your life as best you can and try to lead by example," says Nik Soupè of Los Otros, the duo that painted the mural.
"It helps you get through those hard times and helps you overcome those obstacles that come in day-to-day life," adds Shek Vega, the other half of Los Otros. "Some are bigger than others and it's important to focus on the positive, be optimistic, and jump those hurdles that you come across."
It's the latest project in Frost Bank's Opt for Optimism campaign, in partnership with CultureMap. The colorful new artwork is based around the idea that optimism may start with one person, but it can easily ripple out through small acts and thoughtful moments, therefore changing the people and communities around you.
The mural's silhouette is meant to encourage passersby to stand in its place for photo opps.
Vega and Soupé hope that the mural will remind everyone that now is the ideal time to be grateful for what we have, and to spread that attitude to others: "It's a great time to reassess, regroup, and appreciate what you have, because this too shall pass."
And if you're looking for some fresh air, stop by and snap a pic with the uplifting mural at 125 W. Grayson St. Be sure to tag @culturemapsa and #optforoptimism when you do.