The City of Williamsburg will welcome its second commissioned mural to Midtown Row later this month.
At its meeting March 9, 2023, City Council authorized the Williamsburg Public Art Council to contract with mural artist Britt Flood for the design and installation of a second mural.
The mural will be installed on the exterior of the Food Lion located at 1242 Richmond Road, next to the mural Papilio Glaucus, which artist Silas Baker completed in 2022. The wall is circled in the graphic below.
Williamsburg Public Art Council selected Flood and her design – a brightly colored, abstract illustration of greenways – as Midtown Row’s second mural at the January WPAC meeting. The mural is currently untitled.
Flood is a North Carolina-based visual artist with experience in both interior and exterior murals. She has a goal to complete a mural in all 50 states, and the Williamsburg piece will be her first in Virginia.
Flood’s mural was chosen out of 13 submitted during a Request for Quotes process last fall, which asked for submissions that follow the theme of “Community Connections.” The contract was finalized in April and work will begin mid-May; the mural is slated for completion by Memorial Day.
“We are thrilled to be working with artist Britt Flood and excited to have her create the newest Williamsburg mural in Midtown Row,” said Robert Currie, chair of the Williamsburg Public Art Council. “Her work is bold, vibrant, and ethereal. Her mural will complement the butterfly painting by Silas Baker, creating a more interesting and dynamic public space that is fun to visit.”
Established in 2021, the Williamsburg Public Art Council is composed of nine members, including representatives from City boards and commissions and two community positions. As stated in the WPAC ordinance, exterior murals are only allowed for installation in the B-3 zoning district, also known as Midtown.
Through its public art program, the WPAC wishes to celebrate the City’s past, present, and future with public art; enhance the City’s identity and economic vitality by encouraging people to spend more time in the City engaged with public art; and highlight and enhance the beauty and unique character of the City. WPAC’s meetings are open to the public and occur the fourth Monday of every month.