Of all the murals in Asheville, we especially love this one created in May 2016 in the River Arts District. Handwritten Artist Renda Writer from Miami painted the word "love" thousands of time to create a striking heart mural on the front of a semi-trailer. It's part of a much larger mural project "Burners and Barbecue" that gathered 50 artists to create a 15,000 square foot mural on the drab grey walls of a warehouse building along the French Broad River. And we are honored that it is a tribute to RomanticAsheville.com!
Go see it! It's located on Old Lyman Road, near the Riverview Station (191 Lyman Street) that is home to many artists. The former Day's tobacco warehouse is hard to miss. From Lyman Street, drive Old Lyman Street a few hundred feet. A row of trailers is on the left. Across from the trailers is the entrance to Foundation Walls, a place where graffiti artists are encouraged to paint the outside walls of some old warehouses at 339 Old Lyman Street.
View the mural from a distance and gradually walk toward it to see all the love!
Headed by Ian Wilkinson, the Burners and Barbecue event gathers artists once a year to create a mural during a weekend. Renda spent about 11 hours creating his section. "Burners" is the term used for larger, more elaborate murals painted with bright colors that seem to "burn" off the wall.
Renda's "World Peace" mural on Banks Avenue in the South Slope area of Asheville (across from Catawba Brewing)
More about Renda Writer
This "Handwritten Artist" is influenced by typography, poetry, public art, and graffiti. With a longstanding background in spoken word performance poetry, Renda began getting visual with his words in 2010, when he started writing poems, words, and phrases on found objects such as furniture wood, air conditioning vents, and vehicle hubcaps. His first creation "Love is a risk, do it anyway" became a viral sensation with his "Love is a risk. Do it anyway." wall in Wynwood. In 2016, his "World Peace Mural Tour," in July - October will include the creation of at least 5 unique "World Peace" themed murals in 5 major US cities: Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC and New York.
Watch our video interview with Renda: