PHOTOS: RVA Street Art Festival rejuvenates old bus depot

Posted at 11:43 PM, Sep 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-14 13:23:53-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — This year’s RVA Street Art Festival, which ran Sept. 11 through Sept. 15, has rejuvenated the industrial, time-worn acres of walls and buildings on the former GRTC depot at Cary St. and Robinson.

Diverse crowds, with lots of kids and dogs in tow, swarmed to the old bus depot. Lovely temperatures made it easy to spend the few hours really needed to soak in all the art.

Public art, murals sessions, sculpture, and mixed-media exhibits,  as well as stories and ideas about the history and future of transportation in Richmond, were part of the festival. [Did you attend the festival? Click the “submit your photo” button below to add your pics to our gallery.]

Additionally, the depot’s long W. Cary Street wall was transformed into an interactive, fluid mural made up of stories about acts of kindness, portions of it lit by 1,000 LED light pods representing individual stories. Find out what the “Light of Human Kindness” is by clicking over to Mark Holmberg’s report.

That interactive mural was activated on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

All painting sessions ran from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.  National and local street artists hosted a forum on Thursday, at 6:30PM, at the Byrd Theater.

Food and beer trucks were on site daily, with all receiving hearty support, especially Soul Ice and King of Pops as temperatures were hotter Sunday. The Bizarre Alley featured unique local businesses and handmade items for sale.

A big seller was the Richmond print by Studio 23, who engaged the public’s help creating their giant map of the city that was steamroll printed right on site.They may still have some left if you want to purchase one.

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