Mural Dedication Wraps Up Tom Tom Fest 2015

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX)-- The organizers for Tom Tom Founders Festival put a nice, big bow on this year's event during a dedication of the completed mural located next to Champion Brewery in Charlottesville.

On Friday, people came out to the corner of 6th and Garrett streets to chat with Tom Tom resident artist Mickael Broth.

Broth explained his inspiration behind the 240 foot work of public art he has affectionately called "Road Worn."

The sequence of interlocking vignettes took around 20 gallons of paint that was donated by Better Living, nearly 100 cans of spray paint and 60-plus hours to finish.

Broth and organizers said the mural has already started serving a purpose that is sure to continue for years to come.

"This location is actually in between a very interesting area now, in between downtown, Belmont and at the intersection of very different kinds of people and this is something that different kinds of people can engage with and enjoy," said Sana Khawaja, arts coordinator for the Tom Tom Fest.

Broth said, "Probably one of the nicest things was a gentleman who works over at Ferguson. He stopped by and said he's been working there about 18 to 19 years and the whole time it's just been an ugly grey wall and now he's like, 'Thank you so much, this just brings so much life to this corner!'"

Festival director Paul Beyer said he is very pleased and thankful for Broth's work.

"We've started to really establish ourselves as a place where permanent legacies of creativity happen at the festival and then really inform the city all year long," said Beyer.

The mural was part of a broader program started during this year's Tom Tom Fest titled: "City as Canvas," which also included the downtown lamp post banner competition.

This year's winners were Charlottesville graphic design artist Matt Pamer and James Madison University student Jeffrey Thelin.

In a release, organizers say 26,000 people attended events over this year's week-long festival.

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