FISH STORY ART DECO MURAL, PUBLIC ART
Awarded by the City of Hollywood. Mural location: SASA Cafe Italiano, 2001 Van Buren St, Hollywood, Florida, 2016
The Fish Story mural is a medium sized mural in an Art Deco style, part of the Downtown Hollywood Mural Projects.
Georgeta noticed that the lower portion of the wall looked like a geometrically stylized large fish and the whole wall
reminded her of Art Deco style architecture. She then found out
from the owner of the SASA Cafe Italiano, that the space assigned for this public mural project was, indeed,
added to the house in the 1930s during the time when the Art Deco movement developed into a major style in the United States.
The mural represents a large stylized fish and a sea with undulating waves. Georgeta gave it the suggestive title “Fish Story”.
The Art Deco round window in the center of the wall was transformed into a sun with sunshine radiating from the center outwards.
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“The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency would like to thank Murals by Georgeta for being a vital part of our Riviera Beach Art and Branding Project. Georgeta had the daunting task of installing a great piece of artwork at the main intersection of our City. The design and the final product was truly something special. Her positive work ethic and consummate professionalism were also to be admired. We look forward to working with her in the near future.” – Riviera Beach CRA Leadership
“We hired Georgeta for a custom paint project on the keel bulb of a racing sailboat belonging to a client. She was very professional and worked with us to get the design exactly as we wanted it. She was also super flexible about using the marine paint that was required for the job. Once the work started, she was incredibly efficient and actually finished ahead of schedule. The result was excellent and was identical to the presented design. We would absolutely work with Georgeta again and highly recommend her for custom paintwork.” Brad Magovsky, AREA 51 Global Logistics
I have worked with Georgeta for three Public Art mural projects… I have had the privilege to witness her work ethic and ability to communicate and work with staff and stakeholders to achieve a consensus regarding the final mural. She is a tireless worker who constantly reworks her designs to accommodate all the opinions offered. I highly recommend Georgeta Fondos as an extremely creative artist, muralist, professional artist, and creative mind to execute a mural for you.” Beth Ravitz, Public Artist and Artist Consultant, Lauderhill, Florida
“Georgeta is absolutely AMAZING. She is able to take a verbal concept and transform it into an incredible tangible creation. We have had her paint several murals in our office and each one is phenomenal!! …Georgeta was AMAZING to work with. Her creativity knows no boundaries and her creations bring joy to all who view them.“ Teresa Miller, Vice President, Human Resources, Garden of Life, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
“Georgeta is very professional and reliable and spends a lot of time in doing research for the project. She provides very detailed designs. As a result, her murals are very complex and engaging.” George Gadson, Public Artist and Artist Consultant, Tamarac, Florida
“Superb work! She took a photograph of a Costa Rica Rainforest and made it come alive on my outside wall, using a scaffold to reach high and difficult spots. The attention to detail and realism were stunning. We are very satisfied with the result and professionalism of the job.” C. Cary, Parkland, Florida.
ABOUT ART DECO
Art Deco, also called style moderne, movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in the 1920s and developed
into a major style in western Europe and the United States during the 1930s. Its name was derived from the
Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited.
Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion. Its products included both individually crafted luxury items
and mass-produced wares, but, in either case, the intention was to create a sleek and antitraditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication.
The distinguishing features of the style are simple, clean shapes, often with a “streamlined” look; ornament that is geometric or stylized
from representational forms; and unusually varied, often expensive materials, which frequently include man-made substances
(plastics, especially Bakelite; vita-glass; and ferroconcrete) in addition to natural ones (jade, silver, ivory, obsidian, chrome, and rock crystal).
Though Art Deco objects were rarely mass-produced, the characteristic features of the style reflected admiration for the modernity
of the machine and for the inherent design qualities of machine-made objects
(e.g., relative simplicity, planarity, symmetry, and unvaried repetition of elements).
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