Photo Essay: Murals of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia (RVA) has long been associated as a gritty city with a Civil War legacy that placed it at the heart of the Old Confederacy. But with the influence of Virginia Commonwealth’s top-notch art school, the city has emerged over the past 20 years as a hub of creativity. An outbreak of murals has swept the city within the past couple of years due to public art initiatives, most notably The Richmond Mural Project led by the gallery, Art Whino.
The Richmond Mural Project was started in 2012 with a goal to create over 100 murals in the city by world-renown talent within five years. These large-scale pieces of art serve as a catalyst for positive change in the community by increasing foot traffic, beautifying depleted neighborhoods, and establishing RVA as a premier art destination.
In addition to the influx of murals, a cultural boom is taking place in RVA. With relatively low overhead and a surge of creative talent with a DIY mentality, old industrial tobacco warehouses and antebellum buildings are being converted into art studios, loft living, boutiques, and restaurants filled with charm and character. Following the murals throughout the city is a great start way to explore all that RVA has to offer.
For more information on helping fund the Richmond Mural Project and to a view a lineup of its two-week summer event when international street artists invade the city’s walls, visit its Kickstarter page.
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Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of seeing the world. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as the Art Director for the branding firm, Belmont Inc., in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, she instructs high-energy Zumba dance classes, contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.
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