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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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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Home

As a part of NEON’s neighborhood wayfinding system, the City of Norfolk allowed an artistic vinyl wrap around the intersection’s traffic signal box at Brambleton Avenue and Granby Street. Lookmai Rattana’s design addresses the recent rise in numbers of apartment buildings in downtown. The artist thinks of home as simply a place you can come Home

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Great America XVII: Remember the Honored Fallen

Great America XVII is a simple and reverent tribute to the sacrifice of the men and women in the United States military and their families created by local muralist Sam Welty. The figures are shown with little beyond their branch and service decoration. They are depicted from the neck down to allow the viewer to Great America XVII: Remember the Honored Fallen

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Ancient Freedom

Boston-based muralist Cedric Douglas brings his combination of hyper realism and wild imagination to the Hurrah Players’ Copeland Center. The large-scale mural dives into themes of Afrofuturism, fantasy and creativity within a street aesthetic.

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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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