An Expression of the Maritime Industry in 2020

In celebration of its 100 years, the Virginia Maritime Association (VMA) commissioned an artist to create a mural on the west-side of the building located at 236 E. Plume Street in downtown Norfolk. The mural design requested was not to be historic, but rather to celebrate the maritime industry in 2020 by expressing the vast segments of the maritime industries: rail, logistics, warehouses, trucking, containers, agriculture, bulk ships, tugs/barges, and blue-collar workers.

Thank you to our Mural sponsors, Hampton Roads Shipping Association and Atlantic Lift Systems!

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4/16/2020 4:35 PM

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4/20/2020 11:12 AM

News Coverage:

The Virginian-Pilot A new mural in Norfolk celebrates Hampton Roads’ maritime history
"To help mark its 100th anniversary, the trade group employed the help of muralist Adam Stanton, a Coast Guard public affairs officer, to draw up images that reflect the region’s maritime industry...On the wall of the group’s downtown Norfolk building, Stanton is including images of welders, farmers and port container pier workers along with a cargo ship and train. "
Veer Magazine VIDEO: Interview with Muralist Adam Stanton
"Veer Magazine caught up with muralist Adam Stanton as he was putting the final touches on the Virginia Maritime Association’s 100th Anniversary Mural in downtown Norfolk on Plume Street. ""

About the Artist:

Adam Stanton was the artist chosen to create this centennial mural. Adam is originally from a small town in Northern California. He has been serving in the United States Coast Guard for nearly 13 years, and is currently stationed in Portsmouth, VA.

Throughout his life, Adam has developed a myriad of styles and mediums including acrylic and oil painting, videography, photography, and street-art. He pulls inspirations from clients, environments, and emotions. His oldest memories are those of drawing at the breakfast table. His passion for art further developed when he discovered acrylic and oil paint his freshman year of high school.

After high school, he joined the United States Coast Guard. In 2012, while assigned to his third station, in Boston, MA, he had his first solo and group art shows which were shown in local galleries and boutiques. In 2015 while attending an Intermediate Photo-journalism Course at the Defense Information School in Maryland, he was on assignment when a chance encounter opened the world to a new medium and a new surface—mural work done with spray paint on walls. Since then, he has focalized on large scale mural work while still maintaining canvas work as an undernote. His murals have been produced in 8 states, and 10 countries.

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