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Posted on: June 26, 2017

Construction eyesore = art-portunity

The Vienna Public Art Commission (VPAC) invited students from local schools to create their own artistic “posters” to be used as creative band-aids to help brighten a local construction site. The students’ colorful creations painted on pieces of plywood line the fences along Park Street, Cherry Street, and Caffi Field, providing a visual diversion from the growing pains of the Town’s community center, which is being renovated and expanded.

The idea arose when VPAC Chair Midge Biles noted how the up-and-coming Mosaic District is using art in construction areas, and she applied the problem-turned-opportunity strategy to Vienna.

“VPAC’s goal is to deploy both permanent and temporary art in Vienna to show its character,” says Biles. “We are already underway with a permanent ‘Taking Flight’ statue at the community center in memory of former Mayor Jane Seeman and in honor of all volunteers, but in the meantime we can temporarily use art to alleviate the current situation until the center’s opening.”

Students from Cedar Lane, Flint Hill, James Madison High School, Louise Archer, and Vienna Elementary painted more than 15 wood panels currently on display around the community center construction zone. In addition to sprucing up the construction area, the project also gives a unique voice to the Town’s youth, allowing them to share through art what’s beautiful to them, what hurts them, how the Town looks to them, and what they want themselves and Vienna to be now and in the future.
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