A painted city: the Talking Walls Mural Festival
Photo by Houston Ray; Garden of Journey paints at Salon 1226 during the Talking Walls festival
We’ve got the Uptown skyline, a vibrant Panthers fan base come gameday, and picturesque restaurants, breweries, and markets, but over the weekend, Charlotte got even more Instagrammable.
The Talking Walls Mural festival debuted in the Queen City, further adding to the rich and vibrant cultural fabric of the city. Per their website, the festival- in its inaugural year- shows the region (and the world!) that Charlotte is a hub of creativity and a place that supports and welcomes artistic influence. Basically, their goal is to nix the word ‘beige’ from the Charlotte vernacular.
Over the weekend, 17 artists from Charlotte and beyond descended upon the city, bringing with them their unique styles, diverse backgrounds, and individual flair.
The festival was made possible through immense community support. The Queen City really came through! Local hotel Hyatt House supplied the artists with hotel rooms, artists were gifted supplies, lifts, and paint. Area restaurants donated meals and corporate sponsors ponied up $1,000 for each artist. These murals are located on the exterior walls of businesses all throughout the city.
Each artists was given full creative license when designing their work of art; each business has agreed to keep the mural displayed for at least one year.
In an interview with Charlotte Five, event ambassador Sydney Duarte said, “This celebratory event captured the powerful impact of public art in our community by revitalizing neglected spaces, inspiring cross community dialogue and raising the arts tourism profile of our city by cultivating new voices of creative expression.”
In short, Charlotte’s creative community is blossoming.
It’s cultural landmarks like these murals that make Charlotte what it is: a highly desirable place to live, a warm and bright community, a big city that feels like home.