Okuda San Miguel is a Spanish artist known for his vivid, rainbow-colored geometric art pieces. For his latest project, the artist turned a neglected old building in Downtown Fort Smith, Northwest Arkansas, into an incredibly colorful art piece called The Rainbow Embassy.
The project, curated by the creative house Justkids, was created for The Unexpected art event that took place in Fort Smith, Arkansas back in October. The newly-refreshed house really stands out from the rest of the neighborhood and features geometric shapes in all colors of the rainbow as well as some cheeky animal motifs!
Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel turned a neglected old building in Fort Smith, Arkansas, into an incredibly colorful art piece called The Rainbow Embassy
“Justkids, appointed by 64.6 Downtown for its fifth year in a row to enrich the cityscape and community of the town, invited famed multidisciplinary artist OKUDA to join the Unexpected project for the second time and give new life to a previously neglected architectonic structure sitting adjacent to the Darby Junior High School at the intersection of North 14th Street and North G street, providing a new space for wonder, vibrancy and play to its young neighbors and tight knit community,” write Justkids on the project page.
This isn’t the first time Okuda took part in the festival. Back in 2016, he refreshed another old building in the same town and named the art piece Universal Chapel.
“I loved coming back to Fort Smith. It’s a very peaceful place to create, it was the perfect balance after having worked in Manhattan and just before heading into the madness of Miami Art Week. I’m incredibly excited and grateful to Justkids and The Unexpected for the opportunity to come back and complete The Rainbow Embassy, this project gave me the possibility to expand on my previous work, adding more architectonic dimension and completing my vision of mythical animals,” said the artist.
“Rainbow Embassy installation is a beautiful space of freedom and exchange, signifying the boundless and unifying power of art. Okuda’s high spirited and immersive works are a true gift of joy to the community, nothing short of a dream come true,” said Charlotte Dutoit, Curator and Director of Justkids.
Here’s how The Rainbow Embassy looks from a bird’s-eye view
Check out more pictures of the refreshed building below!