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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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Upper Blush

In 2016, the City of Norfolk Public Art Commission received a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant to create public art addressing a community issue. Artist Matthew Geller created a large water-collecting swaying bench to bring awareness to Norfolk’s relationship with sea-level rise and flooding.

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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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OXOXO

Jacob Eveland is a Richmond-based artist that makes work based on his life experiences. His mural in the NEON District is a nod to Slone Chiropractic Clinic with skulls and spines interwoven into a graphic collage of human anatomy.

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Daisies

Located in the Renova Center’s parking lot, a health and wellness center, Kelsey Witt’s mural pays homage to the healing process, which can take two forms, physical or mental healing. A body’s cells must heal for a rebirth, symbolized by the mural’s blooming flowers.

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Solidarity

Aimee Bruce’s Solidarity, inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm, relates to our overall political situation regarding the events and setbacks that have taken place. Similar to the animals banding together to support the shed, we the people must also combine efforts to transcend the boundaries that keep us from progressing to a viable future.

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Seep NFK

Chicago-based artist Erik L. Peterson is the creator of Seep NFK, a monumental pink neon ooze sculpture installed on the north side of the residences at 801 Granby Street. First seen in the inaugural exhibition at Work Release, Seep was reconfigured for long term public view on an exterior wall in the NEON District.

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Transparent Seas

Created by renowned artist Jason Levesque with digital marketing agency Grow, the 40-foot interactive mural serves as a beacon for the district. The multi-layered artwork transforms with interactive LED lights based on the movements of its onlookers, revealing different layers of the artwork under different colors of light. Everyone has a camera in their pocket Transparent Seas

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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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