HAPA UNVEILS FINAL PROJECT OF 2020December 17, 2020
HATTIESBURG, MS – Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art (HAPA) unveiled its final project for 2020 this week, adding to the extensive public arts collection throughout the city. “New Normal”, designed by Hattiesburg artist Andrea Kostyal, is the ninth large-scale mural completed by HAPA this year. Following the momentum of recent public art additions, plans for more projects in 2021 are already underway.
Located in Downtown Hattiesburg, “New Normal” is part of a series of paintings illustrating lifestyle and public health impacts of 2020’s global pandemic. Featuring a Hattiesburg cityscape and individuals wearing masks, the mural is an interactive and socially distanced addition to the Hub City’s budding public arts scene.
While artist Kostyal is an experienced painter with a portfolio of work found across the state and country, this is her first mural project. The painting highlights iconic local scenery and architecture and also incorporates elements from the alley where its located.
“My goal through my art is to encourage viewers to stay positive and, most importantly, united, because we are in this pandemic together worldwide, nationwide, and citywide. There is not a single person that has not been affected by this,“ Kostyal said.
Expanding Hattiesburg’s public art offerings has been a strategic focus of HAPA and the City of Hattiesburg in 2020. These recent public art additions have provided another activity for residents and visitors to safely enjoy.
“With so many outstanding murals unveiled in 2020, it is appropriate that we finish the year with local artist Andrea Kostyal’s ‘New Normal’,” Mayor Toby Barker said. “It speaks to a very tangible reality that so many Hattiesburgers have lived during a very tough year. Her work affords people an opportunity to reflect and process all that has happened during this pandemic, and I hope it will serve as a reminder of all the personal sacrifices and changes in habit that helped save lives.”
VisitHATTIESBURG and HAPA will continue to spread the message that HBURG is responsibly open for tourism. Exploring public art is an ideal socially distanced activity for families, friends, and travelers to uncover HBURG’s creative spirit.
“This year, HAPA has partnered with businesses and artists throughout Hattiesburg to add colorful, inspiring pieces to our alleyways and corridors. In fact, more public art was added this year than in any other before. Art has the power to tell a story, and we are thankful for artists like Andrea Koystal and property owners like Larry Albert that join us to activate public spaces,” Marlo Dorsey, executive director of VisitHATTIESBURG, said. “This year is certainly one for the history books, and Andrea’s ‘New Normal’ mural depicts our adjusted way of life and the importance of joining together to ensure better days ahead.”
Nearly 40 permanent sculptures and murals are included in Hattiesburg’s public arts collection. For a map of these stops in Hattiesburg, visit HAPA’s Facebook and Instagram pages or hattiesburgpublicart.com.
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A program of VisitHATTIESBURG, HAPA began in 2014 through the leadership of community members and generous donors passionate about publicly sharing art and making it accessible to all. In the past six years, HAPA has purchased and placed art throughout the city – in parks, neighborhoods, public buildings, and businesses – while also raising awareness for works of art already in the area.