- "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 featured in a
local history book called Martinsville & Henry County Historic Views.
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
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
Mural Mention #2
"The Baldwin Block Canvases"
The Baldwin Block Canvases depict a streetscape view of buildings
and places significant to the history of this location on Fayette Street and the
culture, including the Baldwin Pharmacy, Jobbers Pants Co., and Saint Mary’s
Hospital among others. The three outdoor murals are on the Market Street side
of the New College Institute building.
Artist Amanda Honore’ Donley and
representatives of NCI consulted with staff and board members of the Fayette
Area Historical Initiative (FAHI) who recalled the vibrant African American
community that inhabited the Baldwin Block during the early 1900s. Their
guidance provided inspiration for the project.
Location: 191 Fayette St