Geometric Configuration #1, #2, and #3

Australian artist Karri McPherson used the late 1960s International Style architecture of the Wyndham Garden hotel, as well as its interior design, to inspire her three wall paintings. These configurations comprise hard-edged geometric shapes and employ color, shape and form as mechanisms to engage audiences with the vibrant murals. The mural was McPherson’s first in Geometric Configuration #1, #2, and #3

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Keep Glowing

A black light reactive mural made from glass bottles and florescent colored resin now occupies the chain link fence along W. Wilson Avenue behind the Virginia ABC store. Inspired by the former NEON Fiber Garden, the team of creators want you to see the energy created by the NEON District and “keep it glowing!” Volunteers Keep Glowing

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Neighborhood Markers

Local teens and adults from the Young Terrace neighborhood assisted in a “paint-by-number” process to create a 63-foot-long mural on the CHKD Thrift Store in NEON. It was designed by Natalia Pilato, art education program director and assistant professor in Old Dominion University’s Department of Art and her ODU students with extensive community input. The Neighborhood Markers

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The Nature of Unity

Miami artist Ivan Roque’s mural’s vines and flowers are representative of different cultures, races and how they wrap with ease throughout each other, creating an abstracted but organic composition which blossoms into a natural way of being and unification. The design was modified in 2021 so just the upper story is painted.

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#ILYNFKVA

Four sign language hands together spell out “I love you” and “N F K”, while the Mona Lisa gestures two up two down, representing VA in Mallory Jarrell’s unique style of reinterpreting art history in a modern and fun context.

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Extravaganza

ExtraVAganza is a tribute to the diversity of industries currently thriving within the local community. In the mind of artist Scott Walker, the key to a successfully functioning economy is synchronicity and transparency between all parties, so he created a seemingly-fractured canvas which is holistically tied together by the power of the ‘Love VA’ community. Given Extravaganza

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Jewel

Her ignited eyes float under the sea waves. In Navid Rahman’s second mural in the NEON District, he took on the mermaid, an iconic symbol of Norfolk and remade her into a lush and ethereal beauty beckoning you down Magazine Lane. Located on the rear of Norfolk Printing Company, the mural replaced With the Current.

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NEON Squared

As a continuation of their artistic bench project, Governor’s School for the Arts students initially painted six sidewalk mural squares in the NEON in 2018. Now an ongoing project, visual art students repaint and add new mural squares on sidewalks annually. GSA students also refresh the Magazine Lane “carpet” seen behind 801 Granby Street every NEON Squared

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A Bright Presence

A dove encompassing the Earth serves to convey the empowering worldwide message delivered by the members of this ministry. This brightly colored project was completed in one day by enthusiastic young members of Urban Discovery Ministries led by local artist Christopher Kozak.

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Public Art Program

Since the birth of the NEON District, new murals and sculpture projects have multiplied, through both top down and grassroots efforts. The combination creates an inclusive, welcoming arts community with a range of talents and styles. The NEON District's public art grant program supports individual artists and property owners seeking designs.

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Past Projects

Arts Archive

A number of amazing projects have graced the walls and galleries in the NEON District over the years. Some were temporary, some faded away gracefully and some rotate out over the years. Walk down memory lane with us.

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