"waterwork" • town point park • installed june 2009 • norfolk, virginia
artist: stephen farley • tilography™ by richard young and tom galloway

The City of Norfolk, Virginia chose artist Stephen Farley in 2008 as the first artist in its newly created public art program. The location of the work, Town Point Park, is the city's public face, a space for civic celebrations and festivals located on Downtown's waterfront.

He used Tilography to create artwork honoring the waterfront's long history through archival images of people at work and play over the past two centuries. These tiles were mounted in eight sets of three 2'6" x 5' panels at the main gateway to the park, along Waterside Drive.

According to Steve Wright, a Norfolk architect who chairs the city's public art commission, "It's a great piece for Town Point Park. It's not just an object that you can appreciate visually. It tells a story of the city and the area and will give visitors to the park just a little bit more of the flavor of the city."

You can read an article from The Virginian-Pilot newspaper about the project here.

The murals return the diverse spirit of a working waterfront to a space which has become a place for public celebrations, so that the people of Norfolk can embrace the roots of their community.

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