The City of Sugar Hill recently unveiled “The Sweet Life” mural – created by local artist, Jennie Osiek. The large, colorful mural is located on the old City Hall building, now home of the “Suite Spot” – a small business incubator offering co-working space and dedicated workspaces.
Last year, the City of Sugar Hill sent out an RFP, calling on local artists to submit their renderings for the City’s first official mural. Out of 20 different renderings submitted, a public arts committee selected 10 finalists to then be released to the public for voting. Of those finalists Osiek’s mural won.
This mural is very symbolic of what Sugar Hill is becoming. It’s a piece of all the new things we are doing and I’m proud of it said Sugar Hill Mayor, Steve Edwards.
Osiek, a professional graphic designer by trade, is a Sugar Hill resident and wanted to create something representative of the community she loves. “I wanted to portray an active and happy community, but something that is also pleasant and calming. I incorporated the tree to tie it into the City’s logo,” she explained. “This was probably the most heartfelt project and community-based project that I’ve ever done. I keep telling everybody that I painted my heart on the wall. I was very thankful that I got that opportunity, “ she continued.
The plan is to eventually create even more murals throughout the City. “We’re doing everything we can to build a sense of community and place and we believe that public art is an important aspect of that, “ said Council Member, Brandon Hembree.