The PARC Debuts New Tysons Mural

Fairfax County leaders and Celebrate Fairfax debuted Tysons newest mural at The PARC on Saturday, May 7th during an afternoon of celebratory activities. The event featured local artisans, a maker’s market, live music from DJ Cabezon, Pakos Fresk Mex food truck, Caboose brewing, kids activities, and a live painting by the mural’s artist Rodrigo Pradel. The new mural at The PARC is the latest public activation in Tysons, a result of Fairfax County’s efforts to create more place-making opportunities for various communities, residents, visitors, and businesses to engage with each other.

“The Mural is a stunning piece of work and its outward visibility from the Metro and surrounding area will be a fun draw to the venue,” said Providence Supervisor Dalia Palchik. “The PARC brings events focused on Tysons’ art and culture offerings as well as numerous events focused on local retail and small businesses.”

The PARC which opened last year, has been a place for artists and makers alike to showcase and sell their items during Celebrate Fairfax’s “Shop Local Markets.” Many artists and vendors who frequent those markets were present during the mural’s debut event.

“As our County grows, events like this help to give a neighborhood feel to a city landscape while supporting small and local businesses. I am proud of the work by Celebrate Fairfax and its partners to create and sustain these important community threads,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay.

Tysons continues to serve as a model for place making and activation with businesses and organizations looking for creative ways to engage with the community.

“The mural at the PARC is just one more example of how Tysons is building our community to engage all residents, business, and visitors,” said Tysons Partnership Deputy Executive Director Drew Sunderland. “We are focused on driving sustained economic interest which will continue to fuel our future growth.”

Celebrate Fairfax leads the activation of The PARC space, hosting new events each month, with various themes that allow community members to get know the space. In addition to the monthly Shop Local Markets, Celebrate Fairfax will bring its annual Block Party to The PARC in June!

“We are very excited about the opportunity to activate a high visibility space in the heart of Tysons and for the PARC to be a catalyst of change for how we fulfill our mission: Celebrating Fairfax County and its Communities,” said Celebrate Fairfax President & CEO, Ashley Morris. “We look forward to bringing everyone together and hosting a wider variety of community engagements, so stay tuned. We have much more to come!”

The mural, presented by Art Whino featured themes from Pradel’s latest series, “Waves,” exploring energy through color growing across the canvas.

“Waves of energy flow through us constantly. The waves envelop everything it touches and alters the space with a hyper-color surface. Viewers are encouraged to explore the whole area, find a spot they are interested in, and focus on the artwork. They should allow themselves to visually ingest the energy with intention, spawn imagination and creativity, and witness Synesthesia at The PARC.”

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