Home to Sparks Florist and XCentrix Hair Salon, the 1970s building’s makeover includes not only repainting but the addition of bold and beautiful murals being painted on the three sides of the building. Mark Switlik, renowned mural artist, is the designer and painter of the murals. Switlik’s use of bold, bright colors are adding vibrancy and refinement to the almost 40-year-old building.
Each art panel will take Switik an average of 160 to 180 hours to complete and the expected completion date for the entire project will be late spring 2012.
“It takes about four to six weeks for each mural, if the weather holds,” he said. “Fortunately, the temperature on the south side has warmed the building enough so I can continue working on the painting.”
Due to the weather, the other two murals won’t be started until it is warm enough in the spring. The other two murals will a hummingbird and a yellow rose on a purple background, Switik said. The mural he is working on now is of a lotus plant on a green background.
Each mural is located within a 18-by-25-foot section bordered by raised bricks. Switlik is making each mural appear to be matted with a border around each painting.
Once they are completed each mural will get a final clear coat that will protect the paint from fading in the sun and from dust caused by all the traffic on Pyramid Way.
Switlik, who’s been painting for more than 27 years, has previously completed work for such clients as the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, the Phoenix Suns basketball team, as well as locally for the Grand Sierra Resort. His work also currently is on display at Ryries Art and Home Gallery as well as the Wildflower Art Gallery.
The Pyramid Towers building began construction in 1972 and at the time was considered to be one of the most innovative and unique buildings in Sparks and even had the distinction of being built on time and under budget.
The towers building was completed in 1974 and was the site of the Dr. Frank Stokes Medical Group and Sparks Florist. At that time the building was the tallest building in Sparks. It stayed as such until the first tower of John Ascuaga’s Nugget was built in 1982.