Levanta e vai is Portuguese for “get up and go.“ It’s also the name of Yoyo Ferro’s mural now on display in Uptown.
“The folks here in Columbus are trying to lift up downtown and bring the energy up and make everybody proud of Columbus and I kind of used that inspiration to come up with an Abstract design that represented that idea,“ Ferro said.
The Brazilian artist is based in Atlanta and says he likes to name his art after phrases in Portuguese that may not be easily translated.
Ferro says in his piece, you can see one of his signature characters being lifted up and going to the sky which is what Jacy Jenkins hopes this pop up space will bring to Columbus.
“People wanna come down and see this and the process of this mural being done.This weekend there’s been a lot of people coming down just to see this specifically and now they’re going to buy coffee or going to eat lunch so it’s an economic impact,“ Jenkins said.
The space now named “Pop Uptown“ will be available to rent for short term leases. Jenkins says although they see Pop Uptown being an economic asset for the city, she sees it as a space for people to express themselves. Ferro says that energy is what attracted him to do the painting.
“Working together community plus artist gives you a stronger artwork at the end and because people will be proud to have their artwork on the wall, they will be more proud of where they’re from. It gives this one thing where people can get together on a smaller level to talk about art,“Ferro said.
Pop Uptown will soon be available for a day, week or month to hold a meeting, art show or any type of event.
Pop Uptown will be open to the public April fifth for its first event, a local art exhibit.