St. Thomas is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty — as well as brilliant artists who create beauty and share it in various ways. Happily, that sharing includes an array of publicly displayed murals.
From shopping complexes and restaurants to retaining walls along roadways, you can encounter colorful imagery in the most unusual places. Visuals range from tropical scenes to whimsical marine life, to dynamic metaphysical symbolism.
Near the crest of Crown Mountain Road between the Botanical Gardens and Shangri La bed and breakfast, the Kaleidoscope Mural Project (pictured below) is creatively revitalizing an unsightly retaining wall.
Eye-catching designs reflect the seven chakras of ancient Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Each chakra has a unique symbol and is associated with a specific color, musical note, and flower.
The murals are presented by seven local artists including Amy Gibbs, owner of Art Explorium and host of popular Art Uncorked events. Her image of the throat chakra centers on communication.
Iréne Debrice, a public health scientist, painted a representation of the root chakra symbolizing physical identity, stability and grounding.
In addition to Kaleidoscope, the ride up Crown Mountain from Nisky Center sports several mural clusters including a display of whimsical sea creatures (shown above left).
At Yacht Haven Grande, you will find vibrant murals celebrating tropical life. Local artist Jannet Prosper — a.k.a. Planet Jannet — worked on the project as part of a public art collaboration with the V.I. Council on the Arts.
(shown above right)
Wherever your travels take you on St. Thomas, don’t be surprised if you come across mural art to photograph, celebrate and enjoy.