VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Winter may be setting in, but some new flowers have sprouted in the ViBe Creative District.
The Ten Thousand Flowers Project made a pit stop in Virginia Beach Wednesday to paint a mural of stylized flowers with the help of the local community.
The artist, Tim Gibson, is traveling around the county to all 50 states to paint the flowers, using dozens of volunteers to help him in his mission.
“Just to show that it really doesn’t matter where you’re from, there is good in everyone and it’s fun just to have a good time out here painting flowers,” he said.
Gibson started the project in Pennsylvania in summer 2018. According to the project website, Gibson sketches the mural on each wall then guides volunteers to fill in the mural’s colors.
This is his 26th mural and 15th town he’s visited.
“It’s kinda neat ’cause each one is one piece of a puzzle. So, the idea of it connecting one town to another across the country is something that I really like,” he said.
He will follow behind the volunteers and give the mural special details, touch-ups and finishing touches.
“The artwork is intentionally simplistic, allowing anyone (the artistically inclined and the not so artistically inclined) to participate in the creation of the mural,” the Ten Thousand Flowers Project website reads.
Luise Armstrong understands the purpose.
“In something like this, you have a better chance of meeting someone who’s on the opposite side of an issue and maybe, if only two people are talking — 100 people come out here and only two of them talk — that’s two people that didn’t talk the day before,” Armstrong said.
She says she sees the potential this type of project has on everyone.
“Something like this, bringing communities together, bringing people together in something that has no sides, there is no side to this, there is no me or them, it’s like an ‘us.’ I think that … can lead to the hard conversations,” she said.