Murals build a sense of community. Murals give people the opportunity to explore the historical and symbolic elements expressed through the art work, and future generations get to experience what becomes the lasting effect on neighborhoods.
Murals help revitalize corridors, promote tourism and even raise the marketability of property. The goal of a mural artist in painting is to harmoniously incorporated the mural into the architecture.
In Virginia Beach a new mural at the Oceanfront will be dedicated June 10 at 11 a.m.
In 2002, Sam Welty painted a mural titled “Great America Number 1: A Tribute to American Heroes” that covered the outside of the former Flagship Inn, now a Howard Johnson Hotel.
His attraction was popular with tourists before new hotel management had the mural painted over late last year due to damage. His new mural will span from 19th to 20th Streets on Pacific Avenue.
As a tribute artist Sam Welty from Chesapeake is dedicated his new mural to all branches of the military, and local first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The ceremony dedicating the artwork is free and open to the public. Members of fallen military and first responders are invited to to write the names of their loved ones on the mural.
Welty said, “This mural belongs to all of us. I invite everyone who has lost someone in the line of duty to come and claim it as their own.” His tribute is intended to be a lasting legacy. If you are in Virginia Beach get out there and take a look.
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