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OKUDA San Miguel returns to Arkansas for Rainbow Embassy 2019-12-16

OKUDA San Miguel returns to Arkansas for Rainbow Embassy

The Rainbow Embassy is Okuda San Miguel’s newest public art intervention, curated by global creative house Justkids for The Unexpected art event, and now permanently on view for all to enjoy within the residential heart of Downtown Fort Smith, Justkids, appointed by local non profit 64.6 Downtown for its fifth year in a row to enrich the cityscape and community of the town, invited famed multidisciplinary artists 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.

About his return to the region, Okuda said: “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.”

Okuda hopes The Rainbow Embassy will bring “a touch of imagination and play into the daily lives of the neighboring community and students at Darby junior high, as they will get to enjoy the installation and watch it evolves through the seasons”.

“We are elated to have Okuda come back to Fort Smith and add to the incredible portfolio of public artworks The Unexpected project has consistently brought to the region.” expresses Curator of The Unexpected and Director of Justkids, Charlotte Dutoit, “Okuda’s high spirited and immersive works are a true gift of joy to the community, nothing short of a dream come true.”

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