Richmond is about to get a little more colorful.
City Council members last night passed a landmark 9-0 resolution that will require murals by famed local artist Ed Trask to be put on the visible sides of all buildings within the Richmond metropolitan area’s 63-square-mile radius.
Trask, who has his imaginative murals on the insides and outsides of stores and shops throughout the Fan and downtown, is expected to paint approximately 2,800 more original wall-based pieces by the end of 2012.
“It’s going to be a challenge, no doubt about it,” said Trask, who has already placed an order for nearly 111 million gallons of paint for the project. Asked if he would contract help for what City Councilman Bruce W. Tyler called the “Traskification” of Richmond, the artist questioned whether Michelangelo requested help in his painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
“Which he did not,” Trask added.
The passed resolution states that all public spaces – including restaurants, shops, banks, libraries and all other locations within view of any person – prominently display at least one work by Trask.
The Traskification is currently in Phase I, Tyler said, with the artist’s works found at Delux, Ellwood Thompson’s, Kuba Kuba, Sidewalk Cafe, LuLu’s and Banditos. Based on the success of the resolution, the city may extend the statute to private residences by 2011.