RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Artists from around the world are in Richmond to leave their mark. Blank walls across the city are their canvasses as part of this phase of the Art Whino Richmond Mural Project.
“It helps just build community in a way that’s like people kinda start to develop an attachment to their city. These become landmarks as much as they do artworks,” says artist Meggs from Australia. He is currently working on a mural on the side of The Pig and Pearl at West Broad and North Allison Streets.
“We’re blessed to have this project. I think it’s great,” volunteer Zach Jones says while sketching on a pad. He’s a local art student who believes murals can bring people together. “I’m an art collector, but I love the concept of just having free art for the public to see. You don’t have to go to the museum, you just have to take a walk around the block.”
Other murals are going up on walls at 5th and East Grace, North Meadow, North 7th and more. The artists expect to complete twenty during their time in Richmond.
Meggs is thrilled to be a part of the project. “For me, it’s about spreading public art and individual ideas, different talent and allowing people to see that. Making the world a better looking place.”
After the work on these murals is finished, Richmond will be home to 68 creations associated with this project. The artists will be in town until June 27.
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