If you didn’t make it to the RVA Street Art Festival, well, you missed some crazy wild paint. But there’s always next year, and there’s more to this story. The Festival had an interesting goal of revitalizing the former GRTC property at the intersection of Cary St. and Robinson through public art, murals, sculpture, mixed media installations, and a focus on the future of transportation in Richmond.
It did all that and more. If you look behind the paint, you can see some of the earliest carbarns and shops built by the Richmond Traction Co. for its streetcars. I can’t get enough of old buildings; whether they’re fragile or sturdy, I’m fascinated by them. So after the Festival, I read Rails in Richmond by Carlton Norris McKenney, a great book we have in our Richmond history collection. Another “then and now” favorite is Celebrate Richmond: The Dementi Family of Photographers, a wonderful collection of photographs pairing scenes from the past with what’s there in the present.
There’s a little part of me that still wishes I could hop on Open Car No. 33 for my ride to work.
Behind the Paint