Beaufort artist, Aki Kato, has finished up the Lowcountry marsh mural he was commissioned to create on wall space that faces Sams Point Road at the newly opened Tidal Wave Auto Spa.
The wall mural, measuring 10’ X 27.5’, will create a nice visual to passers by and definitely adds some color to the three businesses, Tidal Wave, Waffle House and La Nopelara, who live in side-by-side buildings towards the beginning of the road.
Alyson Ford, Marketing Director for Tidal Wave Auto Spa, said that a simple Google search led them to Aki’s work.
“Based on our building design, we had a large empty wall facing Sam’s Point Road that we wanted to make more attractive and incorporate some local culture into our newest location” Alyson said. Greg Auten, the Beaufort Tidal Wave Auto Spa owner said that from their first conversation with Aki they have been impressed with his professionalism, responsiveness and attention to detail. Greg added “We love his story and his work. It seemed like a perfect fit for us.”
Tidal Wave Auto Spa has been recognized for quality work & service and has received civic awards for the bright and beautiful appearance of their sites. The
Beaufort installation is the 18th Tidal Wave location across Georgia, North & South Carolina and Florida.
Living and working in the Lowcountry for 15 years, Aki paints murals and stand- alone artwork for clients in the Beaufort area, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Savannah and Charleston. Other public works include a replica of the Great Seal of South Carolina which hangs on a 2nd floor wall in the Beaufort County Courthouse. In 2016, he painted a Lowcountry mural on a free standing, 3-panel screen for the Pat Conroy Literary Center.
Aki spent a few weeks working the project, and it has turned out to be a nice addition to the Lowcountry scene.