Murals at The Mercantile
THE MURAL MILE
The Mural Mile is an initiative that engages the Rock Hill community and local artists in the design and installation of 8-10 murals on various buildings throughout Rock Hill’s downtown and textile corridor within a one-mile radius.
The Mercantile is home to three murals located on Mural Mile. Including the Shepard Fairey mural coming Fall of 2021.
Osiris Rain is an international muralist and post contemporary figurative painter. He is the founder of Osiris Rain Studios and the North Carolina Academy of Art. His murals and paintings are featured in numerous private and public collections across the globe, including The European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain.
The Friendship Nine, or Rock Hill Nine, a group of Black men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, SC in 1961. The design, in block letters, reads “No Room For Racism,” a city motto that dates back to the tenure of Mayor Doug Echols. The first letters are filled in with the colors in the city’s logo, and the last nine letters are the faces of the Friendship Nine hand-drawn in black and white.
Mural by world-renown Muralist, Shepard Fairey. Fairey is the creator of the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster. He made the ”André the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign.. Fairey created the “Obey” sticker campaign.
In this mural, Fairey makes multiple allusions to Rock Hill history, as well as the building’s history. He also includes frequent symbols found in his pieces. Learn more about Shepard Fairey below.
SHEPARD FAIREY ARTWORK
Rock Hill is lucky to host two murals by world-renowned artist, Shepard Fairey. Painted during his visit to Rock Hill in October of 2021, both murals are located at 153 E White St.