by Kate Vinnedge
All photos belong to the Richmond Mural Project
In 2012, Richmond designated the Broad Street corridor as the art district of the city. There was just one problem, however - there wasn’t all that much art. It was this same year that the Richmond Mural Project started, the brainchild of DC’s Art Whino curator, Shane Pomajambo.
When the project began, their goal was to bring about the installation of 100 murals in five years - a goal that has been achieved and surpassed.
You can find murals all over our city now, ranging from huge geometric mindscapes that dwarf passerby, to intimate and subtly detailed characters that can be found hidden amongst the architecture of the river city. From downtown to Scott’s Addition, and everywhere in between, you’ll find murals in prime locations, and the least expected places.
Every single mural is worth a visit or two (or ten), but here are five that are always worth the walk:
Located near the Richmond Colosseum, and just east of the Altria building, facing E. Jackson Street, is this amazing mural by Jason Woodside. The building this mural calls home has murals on all four sides as well, so make sure you check those out too!
Painted on the side of Bacchus, one of the best restaurants in town, this bright and energetic mural by artist Meggs is a splash of color your eyes can’t miss. It’s best viewed from the bar seating at Branch & Vine while you drink some of their delicious coffee.
Facing the Ramtech parking lot, across from Thai Top Ten and Ipanema, is this soft yet striking mural. This murals brilliant use of space - both negative and physical sucks you into an alternate dimension. Plus, all the delicious restaurants around don’t hurt!
Painted on the side of a row house across Gilmer from Clay Street Market, this realistic piece portrays a snapshot of the history of our city. Just a few block away from Alchemy Coffee, this mural resides in a quiet, but central location.
Painted on the side of Level, this mural needs no introduction. Perfectly themed for the building it’s painted on, this mural, like all the Richmond collaborations between to the two muralists, balances and accentuates gritty detail and shining simplicity.
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