Kyoto-based artist Moya’s mural incorporates a dragon, phoenix and koi. (Photo by Rob Hendricks)
The fourth installment of the Richmond Mural Project started early, with a mural inspired by the VMFA’s “Japanese Tattoo” exhibition, painted by Kyoto-based artist Moya on the Neathawk, Dubuque & Packett building at 1 E. Cary St. downtown. Additional artists from Berlin, Switzerland, Singapore, London, Spain, Florida and New York will take to the streets from July 13 to 24, brought together by the Art Whino Gallery in National Harbor, Maryland. Joining them will be Richmond street artist and filmmaker Nils Westergard, who says he prefers to work on walls that have some character and grit. “A big, white building is boring; you can see history in the filth,” Westergard says. A kickoff reception (RSVP required) is planned for July 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. at Sabai Restaurant, 2727 W. Broad St. artwhino.com.