Summer is already off to an amazing start with the artistic infusion of ten new murals in the ViBe Creative District. Visible from the Boardwalk to the Convention Center, these large-scale art installations have added fresh vibrancy and a cohesive sense of place to the ViBe. Starting on May 11th, the event paired ten muralists with ten private properties and lasted ten days. By May 20th, the murals were finished and the artists were celebrated for their hard work with a panel discussion and closing party at 1701.
The process of selecting the muralists was no easy task. A two-week open call was sent out for the festival offering a $3,000 stipend and material reimbursement up to $1,000. Eighty-eight submissions flooded in from artists across the United States, including many Hampton Roads and Richmond-based artists. The owners of the properties receiving murals were shown 300 images, and one-by-one they sifted through the submissions. Ten muralists, hailing from California to Connecticut, were selected to leave their mark on the ViBe Creative District: ARCY, Lisa Ashinoff, Caesar of 1500 Studios, Igor, Jeremiah Kille, Charles Rasputin, Scuba, Tim Skirven, TALENT Murals, and Ed Trask.
The murals are within an easily walkable one-mile radius of each other, and their completion brings the tally of public art pieces in the ViBe district to thirty-five, including murals and creative crosswalks. The property owners have agreed to preserve the murals for a minimum of two years and to post a sponsor plaque to recognize the funders. Towne Bank was the primary sponsor of the event.
We were thrilled to have artist Jeremiah Kille add his beautiful abstract design to the east facing wall of our building at 1701. Jeremiah came all the way from California, and we enjoyed his artwork and getting to know him as a person. Feel free to stop by 1701 and pick up a mural map to take your own self-guided tour.
1701 Mural by Jeremiah Kille
Davis Ad Agency Mural by Ed Trask
Abacus of Hampton Roads Mural by Igor
Chesapeake Bay Distillery Mural by Caesar
Superior Pawn Mural by Lisa Ashinoff
Hudson’s Luxury Mural by Scuba
Zero’s Subs Mural by TALENT
Wareing’s Gym Mural by ARCY
Three Ships Coffee by Tim Skirven
Details Interior Mural by Charles Rasputin