Ajent of NEON

Then Norfolk State University MFA student Mensah Bey’s mural visualized the thriving NEON District in Norfolk and its commitment to beautifying a growing city by the hands of artists and creators. The surrealistic painting was influenced by the dynamic cubism style of Jacob Lawrence with references to Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam.” It was the Ajent of NEON

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The Chase

Installed in 2017, The Chase was a temporary woven installation about the reversal of predator and prey, letting the artist Ryan Lytle experiment with translating the visual language into a medium that can be displayed outdoors in a public forum. Initially, Lytle created a rabbit chasing fox and then in 2018 added a wolf, furthering The Chase

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Progression

Comprised of three geodesic domes clad in mirrored and dichroic glass, this site-specific work by Robin M. Rogers hangs in the atrium of Glass Wheel Studio. The piece explores geometry, space and is inspired by glass’s ability to reflect and refract light. Currently, Glass Wheel Studio is closed to the public and Progression is not Progression

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Modern Day Hieroglyphics

Hampton artist Asa Jackson returned to the district to paint a mural live during the first NEON Festival in 2015, where he was once involved with Hampton Roads, The Canvas Project, which beautified the Zedd’s auction house in the winter of 2010. As a multidisciplinary artist, Jackson’s work explores the cross section of textile from Modern Day Hieroglyphics

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New Energy Of Norfolk

As one of the three inaugural NEON Festival mural collaborations, New Energy of Norfolk, was the introduction most visitors had when approaching the burgeoning arts district. Together, two ODU professors created a mural that was a friendly welcome to the neighborhood with Richard Nickel’s playful, smiling houses illuminated by Clay McGlamory’s solar light installations. The New Energy Of Norfolk

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Wild Alley

In 2015, then Chrysler Museum Glass Studio instructor Hannah Kirkpatrick led a student artist team from the Governor’s School for the Arts to create a neon piece inspired by the wilderness in a forgotten alley corner. The hidden neon artwork became the starting point for a years-long effort to beautify three blocks of Magazine Lane. Wild Alley

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With the Current

The mural’s maritime symbols represent ways Norfolk citizens create meaningful homes in what can be a transient city. It was a collaboration between local artists A. Valid and Christopher Revels that lived in Magazine Lane until it was replaced with Navid Rahman’s Jewel in 2018.

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Love

Completed in the very early days of the NEON District in 2014, Love was a collaboration between artist couple Alan Jelercic and Victoria Farr that lived on a vacant storefront on Granby Street. The mural on panel boards was a testament to their love for each other and their son and their home in Norfolk. Love

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Gateway Towers

John Rudel, the Professor of Art and Curator of Exhibitions for the Neil Britton Art Gallery at Virginia Wesleyan University, along with students of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders program, created sculptures along Granby Street installed over existing NET bus signs during the summer of 2013. They stood in place until 2021 when they were removed from Gateway Towers

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