South Slope
Mural Trail

Station #4 - South Slope

South Slope
 

The Mural:

Chemist Spirits, 151 Coxe Avenue, features “South Slope," a mural designed by James Donaldson, Creative Director of Chemist, and Scott Allred of Brushcan Custom Murals.  The goal of this work was to celebrate the present day South Slope brewing district while honoring the businesses that existed in the area a century ago. Many of the phone numbers and business names listed are authentic to the time, Mountain City Laundry and Sawyer Motor Company among them. Painted in a style that resembles “ghost signs” that remain from businesses long ago, the mural was created by adding and removing paint in a way that would mimic the wear and fading that happens over time.

Referenced in the “South Slope” mural is Asheville’s historic Battery Park Hotel and its prominent developer Edwin Wiley Grove. In 1924, to build his Battery Park Hotel, Grove had to relocate a mountain of dirt from the hotel site to fill a gully, creating what is now the current Coxe Avenue.  Grove, along with his notable Asheville projects, also created Grove’s Tasteless Tonic Chill, a malaria remedy claimed to have sold more bottles than Coca-Cola in 1890. Chemist Spirits sits on what used to be Edwin W. Grove's property. 

Additional Work:

On the far left of the Chemist building is another work, “The Chemist” also by James Donaldson and Scott Allred. This work is hand painted, created to resemble a vintage advertising poster. Chemist’s custom 24K gold-leaf signage was also created by artist Scott Allred of Brushcan Custom Murals.

Artist: Brushcan Custom Murals

Brushcan Custom Murals offers a combination of art and design services including high quality murals, signs and specialty/faux finishes for a diverse clientele. Created in 2014 by artists Scott Allred and Jeremy Russell, Brushcan has contributed many murals to the South Slope neighborhood and the greater Asheville area. Currently, Scott continues to operate Brushcan while Jeremy now focuses on his fine art career. 

Scott Allred has worked as a custom sign painter, graphic designer, and muralist for over 30 years.  Beginning his career as a scenic painter for an international  theme park company, Scott developed a wide range of skills and techniques that still inform his work today.   Preferring traditional methods of working, his murals are mostly hand-painted with an often historic and classic feel.  

To learn more about Scott Allred: www.brushcan.com

Instagram: @brushcan

South Slope Mural Trail Stations

Building Facade of Asheville Brewing Company on Coxe Ave.

A building façade adorned in mid-century patterning with abstracted, geometric representations of pint glasses.

Building Facade for Hi Wire Brewing, in Downtown Asheville, NC

Created to look like a circus tent, this colorful building pops out of the landscape as an invitation for fun.

Les Tonneliers

This work pays homage to traditional barrel makers, known as coopers, in a trade dating back as far as 2600 B.C.

South Sloper Mural

A mural that celebrates the present-day brewing district while honoring the businesses that existed here a century ago.

100 Years

A celebratory artwork to commemorate 100 years in business.

Twisted Tentacles

This work, created in a comic book style, has a unique three-dimensional feature.

Bower Power

A mural inspired by the bowerbird and their unique courtship behavior.

Arts. People. Empowerment

A collaborative mural to represent the mission of this local and loved non-profit art center.

Liberation / Freedom

Two bright and bold and murals that represent the magic in exploring new places

Inner Workings

To creatively represent the business, this work features bold graphics of deconstructed auto and transmission parts.

Buxton 24

Condensation bubbles run down this building façade to give the impression of a cold and refreshing beverage.

Cubist Parade

A colorful composition inspired by the Cubist art movement of the early 20th century.

Wonder Woman Mural

The Wonder Woman pictured here was inspired by the 2017 American superhero movie based on the DC Comics character.

Taking Over/ Pinnacle

Bright, bold, colorful trees that are emblematic of the artist’s kaleidoscopic aesthetic.

Golden Days

As a reflection of our inner beauty, this floral motif reminds us to nourish our inner garden.

French Broad Topo Impression

This series of planter box murals features graphic, stylized representations of flowing rivers.

Bungy's Stars Mural

A barn quilt painting that breathes new life into the traditionally rural public art form.