Richmond Mural Project making downtown an art destination

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RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — Mural artist, Victor Marka, 27, has no time to speak. The artist is racing against the clock to complete his work, painting a mural on West Cary Street.

His work is part of the Richmond Mural Project.

The goal of the project is to paint 100 murals throughout the city within five years. According to the brainchild behind the project, Shane Pomajambo, the idea was crafted to help get more foot traffic in downtown Richmond.

“We have 102 murals now and they’re from [some of] the top muralists in the world. So, if you’re a mural lover, you’re going to come to Richmond,” Pomajambo said. “You have to.”

One mural artist from Washington, D.C. named Naturel spoke with 8News about the project. His work, inspired by the movie ‘Scarface,” can be found at 11 South Foushee Street.

“It’s not such [that] I feel it’s a gift from me, but I get introduced to a beautiful city,” Naturel said. “[Richmond is] not really like a place I thought about as a destination spot, but after being here for about two weeks, it’s amazing,” Naturel said. “The people are great, and the food is great.”

The Richmond Mural Project says it’s almost impossible to see every mural in Richmond in just one visit. They say it may take at least three or four trips.

This may mean good news for the Richmond tourism economy.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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