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Mending Walls project aims to bring healing: 'We need to talk'

Posted at 9:14 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 23:40:36-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond artist has started a new public art project he hopes will inspire conversations among the public and artists as unrest continues in the River City and across the nation.

"Mending Walls," founded by Hamilton Glass in the wake of the protests stemming from George Floyd's death, pairs artists of different races and backgrounds to collaborate on a piece of public art.

The project hopes to bring healing through public art while adding something meaningful to the conversation of Black Lives Matter, according to the program's website.

The first event kicked off earlier this week when artists came together to create murals for the plywood covering the Edgar Allan Poe Museum.

Another group went around the city Friday to commemorate Juneteenth stenciling the phrase, "We Need To Talk — Black Lives Matter" onto plywood covering up businesses.

"Right now what we need to do is talk. We need to talk and have empathy," Glass said. "And these two artists will come together and create and have that conversation and then create a mural, a piece of public art... to inspire empathy and connection."

Glass said murals on permanent walls should start going in the coming weeks.