An aggressive-looking Florida Institute of Technology panther mural will soon spring at Babcock Street traffic from a student housing wall, serving as companion artwork to its downtown Melbourne counterpart.
“The new one will be a vertical layout, as opposed to a horizontal layout. The positioning of the panther is more coming at you and direct, as opposed to a profile,” said Christopher Maslow, the mural artist.
“It’s going to have some more exciting ‘Easter eggs,’ all determined by the student body at Florida Tech,” Maslow said.
Wednesday night, the Melbourne Historic and Architectural Review Board unanimously approved the new panther mural. Future site: the south wall of Building M of the Southgate Apartments.
Painted in May 2016, Florida Tech’s downtown panther mural is located at Strawbridge Avenue and Waverly Place, next to the construction site of the 11-story Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel.
Maslow said both murals featuring the school mascot showcase a vibrantly painted background depicting land, sea, sky and space — representing university curriculum topics.
“It’s just a continuation of the branding that we’ve done downtown. Excited to bring it on campus,” Jarin Eisenberg, Florida Tech major gift officer, told the board.
“This is also a building where lots of students have intramural sports, or just kind of hang out. So it’s an area that’ll be well-viewed by the students. And it was led by student government,” she said.
Eisenberg said Maslow may start painting during Christmas break. Florida Tech students will be asked to suggest creative ideas to incorporate into the mural.
In 2017, Maslow painted a colorful undersea mural at Melbourne Seafood Station and a Native American headdress mural on a wall at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. In June, he unveiled a double-wall Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. mural inside Daily Bread.
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