This mural is a continuation of an Arlington Art Truck project that artist Marc Pekala developed and implemented in 2018. For the Arlington Art Truck, Pekala reimagined eight iconic signs for Arlington businesses past and present in his signature abstracted aesthetic. The signs were broken into tiles that the public was invited to arrange into their own colorful designs. At the end of the activations, a competition of the best participant-designed poster was held with plans for the winning design to be transformed into a mural by Pekala at the Courthouse pop-up plaza. The winning design was created by Arlington resident Brandon M. Bailey. The mural covers three parking spaces transformed into a pop-up plaza adjacent to “The Grove” – the last remaining vestige of the original Arlington County Courthouse site from 1898.
This project is supported by Arlington Arts and the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development – Urban Design Section as well as the Department of Environmental Services – Transportation Engineering and Operations whose repaving of the parking lot created a perfect mural canvas.
Mural Celebration at PARK(ing) Day 2019
The mural was celebrated at PARK(ing) Day 2019 on Friday, September 20th at the pop-up plaza at the surface parking lot (15th St. N. and N. Uhle St., Arlington, VA 22201). The artist and the Arlington Art Truck was there with Pekala’s Arlington Abstracted project.