RVAStreetArt2016

Reasonably sure this is Dennis McNett.

Reasonably sure this is Dennis McNett.

A visit to Manchester today for Earth Day and the RVA Street Art Festival. Additional artist attributions to come if/when possible.

RVA Street Art 4

Spoonfull

Spoonfull

RVA Street Art 3

Artist as subject.

Artist as subject.

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Mysterious Miniature Mutant Monkeypaw

Mysterious Miniature Mutant Monkeypaw

Mysterious Miniature Mutant Monkeypaw

It fell to earth. What can it be? Literary experience suggests one should not make any wishes while in possession of an artifact like this. Stay tuned.

Myst Min Monkeypaw Too

Myst Min Monkeypaw Too

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Handy Helper

This is for all you Lone Rangers. How do you demolish a 12′ x 21′ – elevated 4′ above ground level – wooden deck single-handedly*? Use the right tools for the job: Sawzall, circular saw, drill, hammers, a humongous pry bar loaned by Catherine – and perhaps most importantly, the Rockwell Jawstand. The Jawstand can support the long joist beams while they’re being cut, in place of an extra pair of hands.
* Truthfully, many thanks to friend Arthur and son-in-law Cesar, who helped – and offered to help even more.

Deck Demo 7
Deck Demo 6
Deck Demo 4
Deck Demo 2
Deck Demo 3
Deck Demo 1

Final - only temporary - result is a 7' x 12' portion to allow safe egress from the back door until a few days before the deck contractor arrives.

Final – only temporary – result is a 7′ x 12′ portion to allow safe egress from the back door until a few days before the deck contractor arrives.

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Something So Small

Nature is so amazing, with exponential growth through time and space – such as tiny oak leaves and baby hands. Is the Crowded House song “Something So Strong” now playing repeatedly in your head?

Baby Oak

Daisy Sofia

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Quixotic Quelling of the Quercus

With proper care, the Quercus Virginiana could honor Maggie Walker's legacy for a very long time.

With proper care, the Quercus Virginiana could honor Maggie Walker’s legacy for a very long time.

As the Richmond Public Art Commission moves to finalize the design of the Maggie Walker Memorial Plaza, the “deciders” seem to flaunt both stubbornness and ignorance.

Currently, the plan will not accommodate the co-existence of an apparently healthy, wonderful specimen of a Southern Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana) with the proposed Maggie Walker statue. Where are the voices of reason, the urban arborists, the historians?

The status of the Commission’s decision process – described in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3/15/16 – seems to reflect ignorance of the eloquent, insightful thoughts authored by Graham and Carol Patterson and also published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3/15/16. The Pattersons provided solid historical detail specifically linking the important symbolism of the Live Oak to Maggie Walker’s achievements and to Emancipation in general. If the tree is not yet diseased or weakened, their substantive analysis should have provided sufficient basis for reasonable heads to endorse the survival of the tree.

The Live Oak should remain – for all of its aesthetic and environmental benefits, combined with its powerful symbolism of Maggie Walker’s impressive legacy.

Expansion of the plaza will allow plenty of room for a statue and the tree. Those who argue to preserve the 4 or 5 parking places (and/or the "legacy" of Brook Road) are just silly.

Expansion of the plaza will allow plenty of room for a statue and the tree. Those who argue to preserve the 4 or 5 parking places (and/or the “legacy” of Brook Road) are just silly.

As the sign notes, just don't do it.

As the sign notes, just don’t do it.

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Transition Trilogy

Spring 2016

Pre Spring Treeline 2016

Moss Not Grass

Full Moon BnW

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That Tuesday Funkiness

Again, it was last Saturday, but it seems appropriate to recognize Fat Tuesday today with a short burst of color and movement from the Mardi Gras RVA 2016 celebration at Dogtown Dance Theatre.

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