The city of Villa Rica has an ongoing art project occurring. Paint the City Gold will make a collective mural that displays parts of Villa Rica history. There are 12 artists participating in the painting of this mural. On the boulders in the area next to the railroad that the city calls the Train Park is where the mural will be displayed. One of the artist murals, Royal Light is in the featured photo above.
The idea came from Villa Rica artist Landen Prather and Main Street Director Alisa Doyal, when they were having a conversation about painting gold nuggets or flakes on the sidewalk. They were hoping to include Prospector Park’s re-grand opening on the same date as the September 9th festival. This park is located at the intersection of North Avenue and Main Street. However, there are issues with a wall next to the park, so they were unable to finish the renovation of the park in time. This will come later in the year hopefully. The city has purchased and installed new outdoor furniture including picnic tables and benches for the park.
There is a plan to have a marker in front of each painting with a QR code that will take individuals to the artist’s information online. Prather has completed his painting. As the project is ongoing, the other artists involved will begin coming in to begin and complete their additions to the mural. Prather is a professional artist of five years and has founded the only black-owned art gallery, Landen Prather Fine Art Gallery, in the west Georgia area, located at 327 Westview Drive in Villa Rica.