Matt Pamer / Kingdom Animalia
In November 2012, The Charlottesville Mural Project dedicated its second mural, “Kingdom Animalia” by designer Matt Pamer.
As part of a revitalization of several buildings along West Main Street, local developer and arts patron, Gabe Silverman, commissioned the new mural through the Charlottesville Mural Project.
Painted on the side of 513 West Main Street in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, the mural improves a dilapidated wall that had a faded and cracking mural from the 1970ʼs. This original mural was commissioned by Charlottesvilleʼs current Mayor Huja Satyendra and depicted a rose and lattice pattern.
“Kingdom Animalia” celebrates indigenous Virginia animals. The design also incorporates the old mural by playing off the angles of the lattice and incorporating shapes to accentuate the positions of the windows on the facade. Matt Pamer, a local designer and artist who works at the design company Journey Group, is known for his screen-printed posters that heʼs designed for nationally-recognized bands such as The National, Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, and Wilco.
A black and white outline of the design was traced on the wall at night using an digital projector. The wall was then power-washed only in the places where the new design would be painted. The old mural will be left to continued fading. With the help of volunteers, including the mural designer Matt Pamer, the mural was painted over the course of five days.
A banner on the side of the building lists the valuable partners of the Charlottesville Mural Project who have assisted from the beginning in making the projects efficient and affordable. Those sponsors include: The Fund at Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Gropen, United Rentals, Blue Ridge Paint and Decorating, and Benjamin Moore.
The CMP would also like to thank the individuals who helped support the project with their skills, time, or funding:
Gabe Silverman, Matt Pamer, Mary Joy Scala, Mayor Huja Satyendra, members of City Council, members of the Board of Architectural Review, Heidi Tullman, Matt Kleberg, Ben Henderson, Edward Thomas, Gabe Henderson, Kevin Cwalina, Patrick Costello, and Ted Wright.