Meet Me at the Murals: Mickael Broth
RVANews continuing series takes a look at Mickael Broth who is a local artist that participated in the festival. Check out the story behind his mural as a tribute to Mayo Island. Mickael also has an exhibit opening Friday at Studio Two Three on Main St. Don’t miss it!
The recent RVA Street Art Fest is a prime example. Like Broth, many of the RVASAF artists have long histories in illegal graffiti and almost all have turned their talents toward sanctioned, shining public art.
“It is funny to think that I spent ten months in jail only a few blocks from where the murals were painted. Personally, I’m excited to be a part of the energy that is bringing positive, forward momentum to the city.”
Broth has not only created at the power plant an easy to enjoy work of art but has used his wall to comment on a community cause. Painted during April’s RVASAF, his Mayo Island mural is a critique on a sorely missing piece in our riverfront lifestyle.
Meet Me at The Murals
Ted Elmore at RVA News wrote a nice piece about people visiting the RVA Street Art Festival site and G40 murals and how the art all over town still has people talking, visiting, and photographing. Keep it coming!!
"The works at the power plant combines much of what we love: art, design, history, nature, sunshine, and community. There you will find all kinds of people on a visit or on their new daily route.
We have noted runners, bike commuters, downtown workers walking to lunch, mountain bikers returning from Buttermilk Trail, Segway tours, families touring the canal walk, couples on post-dinner strolls in the moonlight, out of town guests hitting the new RVA must-see, artists returning to the scene of the crime, in-laws, outlaws, and big-eyed babies–almost all of whom are amateur photographers. Maybe not the babies.”
RVA News on RVA Street Art
Nathan Cushing has a nice story on RVA News about next week’s festival.
"Baliles thinks this support is indicative of the changing mindset of Richmond in how it embraces art. “The city has come a long way in the last three years,” said Baliles. “It’s a huge change.”
“The sense of revitalization in a project like this is really exciting,” said Trask. “It’s crazy what public art will do.”
Both Baliles and Trask believe that the event will serve as a “catalyst” for other public art movements in the city and will inspire others to take on novel and unconventional projects. Not only for the sake of art, but to further distinguish Richmond from the rest of the country.”