The Charleston Heights Arts Center features a ceramic mural, “Rhythm and Hues,” designed to look like the musical symbol for the quarter rest. “In visual art, the negative space or neutral background as a contrast is the pause or rest for the eye,” artist Denise Duarte said. “I wanted to honor its importance and give it value. The pause symbol was also a way to signify the arts center’s function as a visual and performance art venue, celebrating all of the arts.
And to honor the building’s previous role as a library, Duarte wanted to acknowledge its history with marbled end papers that were once found in books. She said the pattern technique is either very formally structured or a completely organic design, so she incorporated both in the mural’s tiling.
Duarte hopes viewers appreciate the mural for its aesthetics, as well as its meanings. “Sometimes the best things in life are the moments between the big events in our lives, she said. “We live in the pauses. They prepare us for activity and provide us with the necessary moments of reflection which gives meaning to our lives.”