The Backman Community Mural Project

mural for email 2A rotating display of designs created for the community, by the community. Named for its founder, Hannah Backman. The mural space is located on the front of the Arts Center and replaced by a new mural twice a year. To learn more, or to submit a design for consideration, download the information packet.

 Currently On Display:

 Loudoun County Symbols; Designed by Erica Wujcik

Created as a classroom project by students of the Art Institute of Washington– Dulles; taught by Courtney Murphy.

 Loudoun County Symbols. Mural design by Erica Wujcik

Loudoun County Symbols. Mural design by Erica Wujcik

  ARTISTS STATEMENT:

The purpose of this project was to create symbols that represent Loudoun County. I wanted to design symbols of things I see every day on my way to school; I live in Winchester and go to school in Sterling. I know Route 7 like the back of my hand.

The first symbol is for the beautiful Vineyards that are scattered about Loudoun County. I pass two every day. The second  design is to represent Goose Creek.  The third design is to symbolize the Waterford Fair. I have never been, nor do I pass there in route to school, but it seemed like a fun element to add. I did some research to find they always have mimes at the fair. The fourth design is a basket full of vegetables. I created this to signify the wonderful farmers markets Loudoun County has to offer. The fifth symbol is to embody horse country, which is basically seen throughout the county. The sixth and final design element is a covered wagon upon a mountain. I used this to represent the Hill High Country Store.  In front of the store, there it sits an old covered wagon.  I love seeing this every day, it is my half way landmark.  My reasoning behind the wagon sitting upon the mountain is for the fact the country store is  located only a couple miles west of this giant mountain. I have to get a speeding start to climb this mountain and giggle at the thought of a covered wagon trying to reach the top. Wouldn’t want to be stuck behind them.  I enjoy my travels through Loudoun County and trust the designs I have created represent it well.  – Erica Wujcik

HOW THE MURAL PROJECT BEGAN:

Excerpted from Hannah’s original request letter:

My name is Hannah Backman and I am an 11th grader at Loudoun Valley High School.
The idea for a mural project came along when my girl scout troop met with the town
manager to find out about community needs for prospective Girl Scout Gold Award
projects. Mr Lohr interviewed us and presented several possible ideas to our group.
I was interested in the mural idea because I love art.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is a project that cumulates over time, much like the Eagle
Scout Award and there are a lot of prerequisites. The main idea is to work from
community desires or needs, start something pg14r, which will hopefully last and
include the community working together.My name is Hannah Backman and I am an 11th grader at Loudoun Valley High School.
The idea for a mural project came along when my girl scout troop met with the town
manager to find out about community needs for prospective Girl Scout Gold Award
projects. I was interested in the mural idea because I love art.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is a project that cumulates over time, much like the Eagle
Scout Award and there are a lot of prerequisites. The main idea is to work from
community desires or needs, start something new, which will hopefully last and
include the community working together.

Hannah Backman with her completed mural, 2012

Hannah Backman with her completed mural, 2012