The University of Virginia Student Arts Committee partnered with the Charlottesville Mural Project, Buford Middle School, and the City Schoolyard Garden to produce a unique, garden-themed mural adjacent to the Buford Schoolyard Garden.
The three groups joined forces to plan, organize, and execute the 2,200 sq. ft mural on the side of the Buford gymnasium. Over the course of two months, UVA students met with Buford students in Mr. Cormier’s art classes to develop ideas for the mural design. Based on the input of the sessions, a first-year UVA student designed the mural with an intricate, geometric depiction of a garden landscape. The design was traced onto the wall at night using a digital projector and a boom lift. Over 25 gallons of paint were used in the month-long painting of the mural. The mural will serve as a cornerstone of the arts and natural sciences for the students and faculty of Buford Middle School.
The project will continue to expand the mission of the Charlottesville Mural Project, helping facilitate the talents of local artists and designers (in this case, both young and old) all the while creating a more interesting visual landscape for Buford Middle School and the surrounding Charlottesville community. Additionally, the project creates a model for more school-based murals that instill a sense of pride, artistic sensibility, community collaboration. Support for the project came from the University of Virginia, The Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, and the CMP’s ongoing sponsors: Blue Ridge Paint and Decorating, Benjamin Moore, United Rentals, and Gropen.