Artists create murals with meaning in the Jiffy Lube stores in Indianapolis

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Artists create murals with meaning in the Jiffy Lube stores in Indianapolis

Six local artists will showcase their work in collaboration with the Indiana Arts Council.

INDIANAPOLIS – Artists make Indianapolis more beautiful by showing off their talent in unusual places.

“I feel like I am part of something that is much bigger than me,” said Dan “Handskills” Thompson.

Thompson is one of six new local artists selected to showcase their skills across Indiana. What at first looks like graffiti is the beginning of something beautiful.

“The piece I hang on this wall is a big robot and a little cat trying to get to know each other. They just look at each other. I want the picture to appear to people as two so different things. ” he said.

Jiffy Lube partnered with the Indiana Arts Council on a wall project on their buildings. Thompson wants his art to touch everyone at the Jiffy Lube location on Shadeland Avenue.

“Art gives us as a civilization the chance to explore uncharted territory,” he said.

The mural project began in 2016 to cover up graffiti in an Indiana Jiffy Lube shop. The art campaign quickly became an award-winning initiative providing a serious platform for local artists.

“Gives them a lot of visibility. Like this place (off I-69 in Fishers), people drive past it every day. You have to see thousands of cars. You can’t buy that type of exposure,” said Julia Moore, director of the public art for the Indiana Arts Council.

It’s the kind of exposure that Thompson believes could not only help make his name known in relation to the art, but also inspire others.

“I just want people to see my work and maybe be reminded of their own creativity. I would hope so,” he said.