Greetings from Richmond, Virginia, the current center of the street art world. We’ve passed the halfway point for the RVA Street Art Festival, a City-sanctioned event, organized by Venture Richmond and ultimately the brainchild of Ed Trask (@edtrask) and Jon Baliles (@jonbaliles). From what I can tell, perfect weather paired with the artistic heavy-hitters involved has made for a very successful event. Scott and I went by about an hour after things were gearing up today and it was already beginning to look like a packed house.
The bulk of the event is not in fact taking place on any streets, but inside an abandoned power plant downtown near 10th and Byrd Streets. A few pre-printed, large format banners (some have called them canvases) have been placed along our flood wall as well. But the building is where the live painting is taking place.
Chris Milk, who I understand designed this and then had local volunteers from two local law firms paint it for him.
Hense there in the middle.
I am told that Ed Trask designed this and had the local volunteers/lawyers paint it for him. This is the only one being applied directly to the flood wall, allegedly because the paints the other folks are using may or may not be corrosive.
Pre-printed works being hung along the floodwall. I couldn’t see where these were labeled by artist, so if you know, please tell me!
And a few blocks downstream, RRobots (Nick Kuszyk) painted the backside of a local club.