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A mural in the heart of downtown Charlottesville that celebrates the Clean Water Act and our unique Rivanna River basin.
A mural in the heart of downtown Charlottesville that celebrates the Clean Water Act and our unique Rivanna River basin.
112 backers pledged $11,371 to help bring this project to life.

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The Charlottesville Mural Project is proud to present its sixth mural in partnership with the Rivanna Conservation Society, the Rivanna River Basin Commission, and StreamWatch

Just imagine these fish three feet wide!
Just imagine these fish three feet wide!

The mural, designed by local artist Kaki Dimock, celebrates our unique Rivanna River basin and the 40th year of the Clean Water Act.  

"This design is intended to honor and recognize the importance of the Rivanna River to this community. Iconic images of the built community mix with larger-than-life wildlife. The fish are organized in a celebration of the return of American Shad to the river. Shad only thrive in healthy, clean water and many involved in the conservation of the Rivanna look to their return as evidence of their success. The other fish are shaped like species that live in the river now but have scales or patterns that reflect aspects of our community that have an impact on the river: trees, grass, roads, bricks, mountains. There is a way to balance these aspects to support the river and invite the return of the shad.

The design is arranged in contained layers to reflect our natural world. While the surfaces of our natural topography seem solid, unconditional, permanent, I suggest that they are fragile and fluid, with each reliant on the other, impacted by the other, and closer than we think. The distance between each layer is intentionally thin. And animals in the image are very large. Their size indicates their importance and ubiquitous presence in our lives. They are busy managing the natural, wild world even as we are driving to and fro, throwing things into the garbage or strolling along the downtown mall."  -
Kaki Dimock

We're so excited to have a wonderful location for this mural on 1st St S, on the back of the Tru Pilates building and right next to the railroad tracks.  We hope this busy thoroughfare will cause for many people to take in the colorful mural when they're walking to the downtown mall or the farmers market. 

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We're hoping to raise $8,000 for this project.  You might ask, "Why so much for some paint on the wall?"  Well, most importantly, the CMP believes in paying the artist a stipend for their hard work.  We also have to pay for the gallons upon gallons of paint, personnel to prep the wall and paint the mural, equipment rental, administrative fees, and advertising fees.  It really adds up!  While we have some wonderful long-term supporters of the CMP, it only covers our staff costs and we have to get creative to fund each mural! 

However, to thank you for your generous donations, we have some really great prizes to offer you exchange.  Check them out on the right hand column and see what strikes your fancy.  Want to own a Kaki Dimock original?  A custom chalk design for your house or business?  A guided fishing trip on the Rivanna River?  Now is your chance! 

*Please note that this project is a fiscal sponsorship of Piedmont Council for the Arts (PCA). Though all Kickstarter funds will be received and processed by PCA, this funding will only be used by the Charlottesville Mural Project.

-The awesome songs in the video are by these talented musicians:
"Slow Magic" - Corvette Cassette
"Walking into the Sun" - Driftwood
"Ma-Ma FC" - Vincent Segal

Risks and challenges

Every mural has its challenges. We've definitely learned that by now! But having completed a number of successful projects in the past two years, we feel confident with this mural.

Working around rain is always a challenge. Scheduling volunteers and keeping people busy and organized is another challenge. We'll also need to watch out for that train headed to Norfolk!

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    A hearty thank you from the Charlottesville Mural Project.

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    A 5x7 print of one of the fish depicted in the mural, signed by artist Kaki Dimock.

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    An 8.5x17 print of the original mural design, signed by artist Kaki Dimock.

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    Set of 10 note cards with a variety of Kaki Dimock's favorite drawings.
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    A print of your choice from a selection of Kaki Dimock's current collection. Size will vary depending on drawing. See www.charlottesvillemuralproject.org for choices.

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    An ORIGINAL drawing from kaki Dimock. Size will vary depending on drawing. See www.charlottesvillemuralproject.org for choices.

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    A half-day guided fishing trip for TWO on the Rivanna River with Albemarle Angler. You set the date--good for one year. See www.albemarleangler.com for details on their trips.

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    A custom chalk design (lettering or art) by Charlottesville graphic designer Ashley Walton. (see the awesome Old Metropolitan Hall sign that she did in the window) Limit 3'x5' size.

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    A commissioned drawing by Kaki Dimock up to 11x17.

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    We'll secretly embed your name into the mural! Point it out to your friends for years to come!

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    The Charlottesville Mural Project will help design and paint a mural on the side of your building or house. Limit to 400 sq. ft in size and Cville and Albermarle county only.

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