Posts Tagged ‘mural’

A little bit more coverage on the John Smith mural in Richmond by Style Weekly,

http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/no-offense-murals-safe-by-design/Content?oid=1927065

And our full statement we released to the press:

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective’s article in response to the new John Smith mural was based on the lack of critique of colonialism, genocide and racism obvious in the mural or the article written about it. Apparently the artist Gaia was trying to make the piece ironic, but he also admits to not knowing Richmond well and not spending much time on his concept. The irony isn’t obvious, instead of bringing to light prominent figures in indigenous struggle, the artist has chosen to create a carbon copy of an already existing statue dedicated to one of the founders of Native American genocide.

We challenged the mural and successfully initiated conversations about racism – conversations which need to be happening all the time given the ongoing institutional racism in Richmond as is represented in multiple city sponsored monuments to white colonizers (Columbus, John Smith, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, George Washington) and highlighted by the Redskins stadium, environmental racism of Norrell Elementary school, skyrocketing police and jail budgets, and push for a baseball stadium on sacred historic ground in Shockoe Bottom.

We hope that future street art and murals in RVA will be painted by local artists and represent people of color and indigenous struggles, speak out against the status quo and speak for a better, more just society.

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We’ve been working hard to decorate the Wingnut for the Memorial Day Party in Memory of People Murdered by the Sate, and also just to get painting projects done that we couldn’t do this winter when the paint wouldn’t dry. Here are some pictures of the things we’ve been up to:

The new mural is coming along, as are the rainbow columns!

Had to get that one up there...

We've been planning this one for a while

the Wingnut garden grows!

Painting is more fun with friends!


We are working on a new mural for the Memorial Day Party here at the Wingnut.

If you want to come help us paint, we are having a workday on Saturday May 7th from 10am til dark. Stop on by at any point to help paint.
This year we have an awesome montage of anarchist raccoons drawn by the talented Kayla Dean Dickey.

We are painting it on the panels of porch railing we made.

We painted this mural on the front of the Wingnut in time for Memorial Day and our cookout. Now we are finally getting around to posting a picture of it that our friend Andrew Phinney took. About 10 of us, Wingnuts and friends, worked on the mural together. Some ideas came from people in the neighborhood and some came from us. We have gotten a lot of positive responses from everyone in the neighborhood with the exception of yuppies. Many people appreciate the anti-cop message and we have heard many stories of local folks or their loved ones being harassed, abused, and even killed by the police. This is an issue that really resonates with people in our area. On the other hand, many yuppies are upset that we ‘ruined’ our nice house. Thats ok. We are actually kind of stoked that our mural speaks to so many people while also perhaps serving as a deterrent to gentrifiers.

As you may have heard, the Wingnut is having a cookout/potluck party on Memorial Day. But we do not want to celebrate a typical memorial day.

What we want to do with this event is make it a Memorial Party for people who have been murdered by the State. We will try to come up with a list of names of folks who have been killed in the US by the FBI, Police, etc. We can use your help compiling this list.

Two possible options: That we will paint a mural with a list of those names during the open house, or that we will just unveil the mural at the party. Let us know what you think would be appropriate/make sense etc.

Here is one example of a person murdered by the State: (more…)