RVA Mural project video


7 Responses to “RVA Mural project video”

  1. Most of these are really great, most particularly the “Girl in the Berry Jar”. I would be interested in knowing the details of the political arrangements that allowed this to go forward in Richmond, a city that seemed in the past to be very picky about altering their traditional historic look. I suppose the city fathers thought that as long as the structures remained vintage the murals could convey the new zeitgeist of “Yes, we can be hip in Richmond”. They could always paint over them but if you want to add an addition please submit your forms and fees to the Richmond Hysterical Society.

  2. Richmond has only recently assumed the position of historic preservation and they still only pander to the concept when it suits them. If you want to keep track of “zeitgeist,” try Style Weekly’s “The Score,” where, somehow, regardless of what happens, Richmond always scores in the positive! http://www.styleweekly.com/blogs/TheScore/

  3. Street Smarting – Why the city’s most famous outlaw muralist went corporate for art’s sake

    Unapproved Murals on Broad Street Vex City Commission

    Murals Win, Bricks Lose – Architecture police say Broad Street murals can stay

    The Richmond Mural Project begins a five-year plan to make Richmond the capital of lowbrow art

  4. I’m glad they are doing it but believe they should have used local artists. Considering how they so dramatic effect the zeitgeist of the city.

  5. J.Moser said, “Richmond has only recent assumed the position of historic preservation”. Perhaps you can’t see the forest for the trees, my old friend. It seems to me that your fellow citizens have ever tried to preserve their city’s history since before they had a history. Living out here in Texas where a few voices get up in arms if a 1940’s Gas Station is about to be bulldozed only to find that the corporate powers do it anyway in the middle of the night might change your opinion The difficulty of attempting to compel true dyed in the wool Richmonders to accept change of any kind has been elevated to a sort of joke status. In 1981 my current job was replacing the paving stones on Monument Ave. It seems that the famous bricks were so worn out and had been patched up so many times that motorists were complaining. They were the original paving blocks from 1885.
    The council allocated the funds to pave over the blocks with tar. The word got out and protests were submitted but the council remained unmoved due to the high cost of totally replacing the pave blocks. It made front page news on the entire east coast when a tiny 85yr. old widow who lived on Monument Ave. prostrated herself in front of the asphalt machine stating with total resolve that “they will have to pave over my body before they pave over our bricks!” Bless that little ol’ lady’s heart and soul because the publicity from her courageous act forced the council to repave that grand boulevard in the proper way. Every time I drive down Monument Ave. I take a little pride in remembering that I personally placed many of the blocks. They were hauling the old blocks away to the dump so I asked my foreman if I could have some, he said “sure, go ahead.” but I knew he would have to give me an official note. I made a nice serpentine path in the backyard of my mother’s Fan District backyard but as I had foreseen, every time I went to pick up the blocks I was accused of stealing Richmond history by more little ol’ ladies and was soon showing the note to several squad cars full of Richmond’s finest. If the blocks that I set last as long as the first ones then they should still be giving a warm sense of Richmond pride until around 2080. Of course they may be beside the 800 mph people tube with its antiqued faux wrought iron exterior.

  6. Well, exCUSE me. I was referring to the City of Richmond, the government, you know…. the people who tried to pave over Monument Ave. The people who gladly cut down 100 nice, old trees in a historic rail yard to build a Redskins training camp. The people who want to build a ballpark on top of historic land in Shockoe bottom…those guys. God bless the little old lady who helped preserve the pavers on Monument Avenue.

  7. Now don’t get your tree hugging zeitgeist in a twist, Boatdog. Looks like someone got up on the wrong side of the antiqued faux wrought iron bed this morning. Of course while I was writing the offending comment above I realized that I was proving your point precisely. The sweet old ladies of Monument Ave. have died off and passed the torch of historic preservation to concerned citizens such as yourself.
    Meanwhile back at the ranch here in Dallas the guvment folks are grappling with how to commemorate the the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. (This should bring a lot of tourists into town this November)

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