Friday, July 26, 2019 at 5:30pm
1216 Harris St., Charlottesville, VA 22903
Martin Chapman and Madeleine Watkins commissioned this mural with the goal to celebrate the history and industry of the neighborhood surrounding Harris St., which goes back over 120 years. One of the last remaining light industrial areas of Charlottesville, it is an eclectic mix of old and new businesses: concrete, steel fabrication, print shops, potters, pest control, biotech and solar companies, and more.
Hamilton Glass’s delightful interpretation of the neighborhood’s rich history provides a gateway to the street and to the value of place-keeping. Glass will have help creating the piece from two volunteer organizations. The Wounded Warrior Project will participate in the painting on July 8th, and the Boys and Girls Club, on July 9th from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
About The Artist: Hamilton is a muralist originally from Philadelphia, and currently based out of Richmond, VA. In 2005, he graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelors of Architecture. After 7 years working as an architect, however, his passion for art and design pushed him to become an artist. Now, he draws inspiration from public art for its power to influence people. In fact, over the last 6 years, he has used public art as a tool to support and promote communities throughout the East Coast. He has worked with community centers, public schools, and everything in between to develop and realize social change projects. These projects are usually aimed at giving a voice to the community and highlighting their history, as is the goal of the Harris St. mural.