Cayman Compass: New Murals Add Blast of Color to Island

17 July 2018

KAABOO mural Camana Bay

The commute along West Bay Road is turning into an artist’s paradise.

The site of the former Mitzi’s Fine Jewelry store was transformed into a giant tropical green canvas last week by Ian Ross and Amandalynn in advance of next February’s KAABOO festival.

Amandalynn, the artistic director for KAABOO, has been painting murals all around town to prepare for the first Caribbean edition of the arts, music and culinary festival.

First, she painted a pastoral scene of butterflies on the side of the Camana Bay underpass, and she assisted in Jet Martinez’s floral work across from the Bay Market. Then came the giant geometric jungle patterns designed by Mr. Ross, a work that took a full week to take shape.

“Everything I do is spontaneous,” Mr. Ross said. “That way, I can make decisions on the fly and react to variables that occur in the location. It’s always a learning process, and each piece I feel is more original if I don’t know what it’s going to look like when it’s done. That’s an integral part of what I do, and everything kind of connects from one to the next. It’s all continuous stream of consciousness.”

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