Rail Arts District Napa: Napa Valley’s Cultural Corridor
One of the newest additions to wine country is the Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa, the region’s first dedicated art district. This area is being created since January 2017 through the combined efforts and contributions of Napa Valley Vine Trail, Napa Valley Wine Train and the local art community members. On completion, the RAD endeavors to offer an educational and experiential gateway into the region’s artistic talent. While a master plan for the district is still in its early stages, you will find vivid displays of murals, paintings, street art, sculptures, landscaping and crosswalks in this 1.7-mile-long section that runs along the Napa Valley Vine Trail.
RAD is located in the City of Napa, from Vallejo Street to Redwood Road, along Solano Avenue. The founding members envision that RAD Napa will inspire connections, empower artists and lead to economic prosperity for the local community. Within this artistic corridor, there will eventually be 50 walls of murals, 15 locations for sculptures and several other landscaping plans that are currently in progress.
RAD is all set to become a sort of outdoor museum that promotes the emerging arts and culture scene of the valley. So far the district boasts of three murals curated by internationally renowned artists. Here’s a glimpse at each one of them:
- ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’: Created by Bezt and Natalia Rak, Polish artists famous for their street art, this 200-foot plus artwork depicts a young girl trying to reach a glowing butterfly.
- ‘Chromadynamica’: This is a 100-foot abstract art, full of vibrant colors and some contrasting black and white elements. The creator is Felipe Pantone, an Argentinian-Spanish graffiti artist whose art is present in several continents across the world.
- ‘Floating Napa’: Curated by Cinta Vidal, a Barcelona muralist whose work finds international presence. She calls her Napa work ‘ungravitied constructions’.
- ‘Napa Community Quake Mosaic’: This is the latest mural which is in the works and is being made to honor the victims and survivors of the massive earthquake that shook the Napa region in 2014. The entire installation is being created through the contributions of the local community and is made of household objects that were damaged during the quake.
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