Appalachian Mural Trail

Featured Mural: The Circus Parade
Martinsville, VA

Blue Ridge MilePost: 165
Latitude:36.691683, Longitude:-79.872318

Lead Artist: Jessie Ward
Member/Sponsor: VisitMartinsville

Mural Descriptions

     Featured Mural - "Circus Parade Mural"
    Remember those trips to the circus and waiting for the elephants to march center stage? Wait no longer. In Uptown Martinsville, elephants march permanently in a mural painted on the wall of New College Institute. The mural was commissioned and produced as part of Piedmont Arts' Public Art Exhibit. John Stiles, graphic designer and artist, used a contemporary style to design the mural based on a picture owned by Dr. Mervyn and Virginia King.

    The mural shows a parade of elephants and other performers advertising the arrival of a circus in Martinsville around 1920. It shows elephants parading in front of the courthouse, with banners advertising the circus and First National Bank, as people watch. Before the days of television, the circus was a very big deal in Martinsville, small towns and throughout the country.
  Location: 30 Franklin St

     Mural Mention #1  "Old Glory"
    Renowned artist Scott LoBaido, whose stunning depictions of the American flag can be seen all across America from a 150,000 sq. ft. flag on a roof in Texas to a 20' x 40' flag on a Boys and Girls Club building in California used his patriotic artistry to create, Old Glory, a stunning American flag mural on the outer wall of TheatreWorks in Uptown Martinsville.

    LoBaido created this 38' x 18' mural in honor of Cpl. JB Kerns, a local veteran who lost three limbs in an IED explosion during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Old Glory is on permanent display and is open to the public.
  Location: 44 Franklin St

"Old Glory"
Mural Mention #1
Location: 44 Franklin St


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