The five panels cover some 6,000 s.f.

One Loudoun is known for its great restaurants and shops, funky artsy movie theater, and fun fountain-filled plaza. Now you can add public art to the list. But you have to know where to look for it.

Three Virginia artists — including one who grew up here in Loudoun County — are busy creating five massive murals on the back side of the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater. The artwork will face a series of new town homes under construction. Those owners sure lucked out — colorful art versus blank beige walls.

The works commissioned by One Loudoun will cover 6,000 s.f. of wall space and represent the five principles of new urbanism which the center celebrates: harmony, social, connected, organic and urban.

The artists are all Richmond-based — Matt LivelySteve Hedberg and Loudoun County native Ed Trask. They are each doing one panel themselves and will collaborate on the other two.

Artist Steve Hedberg rides a cherry picker to paint his mural.

Our rainy May slowed down the initial prep work, but work is progressing smoothly and the five murals should be completed sometime in July. So this summer, when you visit One Loudoun, take an extra minute and walk or drive behind the Alamo Drafthouse and check out the area’s largest “hidden” works of art.

(Image at top of story: Artist Matt Lively working on his panel of the massive mural.)

  1. Connie Olivera 5 years ago

    So pleased to see art is finally a part of a new development! As a former Loudoun Arts Council President, here’s hoping for much more around Loudoun County! Now we need to work on getting a performing arts complex!

  2. Corrie Drennan 5 years ago

    I’ve long thought that all the Ashburn data centers would be amazing canvasses for local artists. Bonus if they can truly camouflage them to appear like nature!!

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