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Artists Create Downtown Mural Honoring Town's History

Artists working on the project hope to bring aerosol art to a wider audience and inspire others

Three artists are hoping to inspire others and change perceptions on aerosol art by a creating a giant mural in downtown Herndon depicting local history.

Bobby Moore, Erick Ricks and Dan Roncesvalles are painting the side of the historic Nachman building with recognizable scenes from the town's history, including the train that used to run through on the W&OD Trail, cheerleaders at Homecoming and more.

The group said the project got its start in November 2010 when Moore asked the town if there would be a way for them to use aerosol art at the skate park. While the town said it wasn't looking for traditional graffiti-type aerosol art, the Council for the Arts of Herndon found the artists' talents could be used for another mural project.

They started by seeing what the artists could do at —an aerosol art exhibit at the town's skate park. In late March the town approved the Herndon Past and Present Mural Project and the painting began in April.

Ricks said he has painted in a lot of places that no one will ever be able to see just to build up his skills to take on a project of this size. He said he likes being able to work with other artists to collaborate on the project as well. The trio has worked together on separate projects, but never on one mural project, he said.

Moore said the greatest part for him about working on the project is learning new techniques because of the texture of the wall. He said it has also been great to work in a public space and meet people who walk by and ask about the project. He said they have gotten a lot of positive feedback and the town has been very supportive.

Roncesvalles said he enjoys being able to use his creativity in a way that can be shared with the public. He said he hopes it has a positive impact on the community and gets others interested in art, or inspires someone else to go after something they're passionate about.

Ricks said this project is helping bring someone else's vision and taste in art to life, and they get to be the facilitators of that vision. Roncesvalles said he usually works on projects where you dont' see a reaction. He said a project like this gets a much wider audience and his ultimate goal is to reach people with art and inspire.

Chuck Mauro May 03, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Can't wait to see this! Chuck
Grace Han Wolf May 04, 2011 at 03:15 AM
The mural looks fantastic - what a great medium and the artists are extremely talented, nice young men! Hope you all have the chance to stop by and see art in action. The official unveiling and ribbon cutting will occur the opening night of the Herndon Festival, when the Council for the Arts of Herndon will officially gift the town with the mural!
VIcky Dorman May 04, 2011 at 08:39 AM
Chuck, you would be interested that the pictures on the mural from the past were taken from Margaret Peck's book about Herndon. Thanks to the Herndon Historical Society for supporting this project when we went to the Historic Preservation Review Board for approval!
Chuck Mauro May 04, 2011 at 10:50 AM
all the better!
VIcky Dorman May 05, 2011 at 06:19 PM
I truly do love this mural and the responses it has gotten from Herndon folks. So many people have gone by to look at the mural and talk to the artists. The response the artists have gotten from the citizens of Herndon has been overwhelmingly positive and they are delighted that their art sparks a moment with our Town. If you have not driven by to see the mural, please do. And remember, not a paint brush has been on site so far, the entire mural has been done with aerosol art, what us older folks call spray paint or graffiti. The Council for the Arts of Herndon likes to support artists in emerging art forms, while honoring the history and culture of Herndon. We truly hope our supporters and members are delighted with this display of public art! Vicky Dorman, Executive Director, Council for the Arts of Herndon. All three artists will be joining us Friday night at the First 2011 FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE concert!
Richard Downer May 06, 2011 at 01:54 PM
What a fantastic project and thanks to Arthur and Howard Nachman for making the side of their building available! As of 05.06.11, it's almost finished and we are looking forward to seeing the final product. Kudos to all involved...........Let's find some more blank walls in Herndon!
Chuck Mauro May 08, 2011 at 02:19 AM
I hope everybody takes the time to see this! I hope there is a plaque identifying the artists and perhaps the year or time period each painting represents.
Win Meiselman May 11, 2011 at 01:29 AM
The mural is a great idea, as well as being a real addition to the downtown. Hope to see more. Best wishes to the artists. Win Meiselman

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