By ALLISON MATYUS
The South African food chain, Nando’s Peri-Peri, will soon be opening a new Hyde Park location at 1447 E. 53rd St., and restaurant goers will be greeted by a beautiful, hand-painted 10-by-36-foot mural above the restaurant’s façade.
The mural is currently being created by South African artist, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, who has commissioned mural works for five other Nando’s locations and countless other canvas works that reside inside Nando’s restaurants. Liversage has spent the past week in Hyde Park getting inspired to work on the mural.
“I find inspiration in female subjects,” she said while taking a break on the mural on Friday, Dec. 2. “I like murals because on canvases, I never get to be as big as I want it to be.”
Liversage titled her work “Olenska” after the woman whom she is drawing. She said she combined cold colors with warm colors since she has found that bright colors work well in an urban environment.
“As an artist, I think why street art has been a strong element for me is that the everyday person gets to see it and not just gallery goers,” said Liversage, who describes her style of work as urban expressionism. “I have a respect for street art.”
Liversage’s mural will stand above the restaurant’s facade, staying true to Nando’s core value of supporting artists and their work.
“We are invested in the arts community and have always had a focus on that,” said Shawn Baxter, the real estate director at Nando’s, during a community meeting in October.
Nando’s Peri-Peri will open in January 2017.