As planning for NEON Festival 2016 picks up, it’s a good moment to take inventory of potential places new public art could live.
Please note that none of these spaces are necessarily approved for public art by its owner. For any public art project to come to life it takes a partnership between property owner, artist, and funding source. So let’s dream, but let’s also be ready to make friends and share success.
In no particular order:
This Greyhound sign is raw af, but a dynamic shape, and at a neighborhood gateway.
And the side of the Greyhound building is also an ideal art spot.
Built by communist USSR for Norfolk, Hague Towers has this giant wall facing the NEON which sure could be more interesting to look at.
Be it the sidewalk or the trees, the path from the lovely Hague Bridge to our lovely Chrysler could and should shine.
I wonder if a giant duck would be fun here?………. or cauldrons of fire lit every Friday night……. or or or…..
If there’s a church in Norfolk that would be open to having their space accented by public art, it’s probably the Unitarians.
They have been projecting d’ART marketing on this white wall in the background, but it could be more artful projections, a neon installation, or a great mural.
Something is happening here. If it doesn’t work out… someone else should make it work out.
This is a key transition point between the Chrysler complex and all the NEON attractions on Olney — an important spot for wayfinding / placemaking art.
Just down the street we have this low slung wall and these garage doors.
Maybe it’s just me, but I picture this clock tower being struck by neon lightning.
The Channel 3 wall should ultimately be one of the NEON’s showcase murals. So big! So white(ish)!
The Pilot has a wall caddy-corner to the Ch. 3 wall. Could be cool to have a mural that jumps from one wall to the other.
“Please install a giant piece of neon art on me,” said this wall.
This is in the alley behind Zeke’s. Why does the back of this gas station have to look like where the city entraps undesirables?
It’s surprising the wall at the Plot has made it this far un-arted.
The rest of this fence is envious of the other part that got rainbow’d.
The CHKD thrift store wall. Could art encourage giving and compassion?
The drips are fun, but they would be okay making room for something else.
Across from where Norfolk traps people who try to sit on benches. Perfect place for a legal wall. (pause.)
The Retail Alliance — art that encourages the support of local businesses?
This shed was recently re-painted. We’ll have taken a big step as a neighborhood when, in this situation, the property owner takes the initiative to make it art, rather than this dull almost-color.
The Union Mission has a similar opportunity nearby.
Dr. Slone is a groovy guy who I bet would be open to fun ideas.
There is a blank space on the facade of Bob’s Gun Shop where some artist should write their name.
Toouglybrown.net on Granby by Brambleton.
There’s room for a neon installation or two on the side of W|R.
The back of The Push / Granby Social Club heyyyyyy.
This ghost mural is pretty great, but maybe it could be accented with light.
The back of this gallery and accountant office is right next to Glass Wheel, which deserves to be next to something more inspired.
The Pilot HQ is white like its been primed for art. And can’t a homie get a giant sculpture of a monkey or bats on that TV tower?
“Turn me into a psychedelic disco shed, k thnx bye,” said this shed on the ABC store lot.
Pilot employees who see this median out their window would like to see it become floral art.
Dream big, always.
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