Headlining today’s post … Father and son by Martin Swift

Local, regional and international artists gathered May 5th–13th in DC’s NoMa neighborhood for the third annual Pow! Wow! DC mural festival.

A Chinese dragon, a host of spirit animals and golden characters, an endearing father and child, a gigantic chameleon, and more lined the stretch of the Metropolitan Branch Trail between R Street NE and New York Avenue NE. Charm City Streets captured much of the artistic action along this outdoor art gallery.

Wingchow (Richmond, VA) brought to life a 180 foot long Chinese dragon made out of candy gumballs. Despite its sweet composition, this deliciously mischievous creature may suddenly spring upon its prey.

Chinese dragon begins to take shape

Wingchow spraying on detail

Emptying a clogged cap

Creating shadow and depth

Working on the dragon’s flaming fin

Spirit animals inhabit the bunnies and hares created by Golden Rabbit Silent Monkey (Washington, DC).

Divine spirit

Silent Monkey

Dragon spirit

Golden Rabbit Silent Monkey brushing on detail

Octopus spirit

Zunzima (Washington, DC) fashioned intriguing golden characters that seem to pop right out of the richly decorated red wall.

Goat and emoji

Flowering bear

Dragon and creature friends

A golden opportunity

Outlining the characters with a black marker pen

DC artist Martin Swift painted an enchanting portrait of a father holding his young son.

A child’s eyes

Checking the next brush strokes

Fleshing out the portrait

Interim progress

Local legendary graffiti writers HKS181 and CRI worked on dope new burners. Poor light and rain prevented photographing CRI’s work in progress.

HKS181 – The Ugly Kids

Artwork by Marcella Kriebel illustrates two cookbooks. Along the Metropolitan Branch Trail her mural offers a scrumptious selection of fruits and vegetables.



Blend In Stand Out by DC artist BroCoLoco features a ginormous chameleon.

Blend in – stand out

BroCoLoco adding the defining outline

Work in progress

Looking lively

Ryslee (Berlin, Germany) sent Greetings From Nowhere. An apparent art critic commented upon the work in progress.

Art critic

Artistic reach

Greetings from Nowhere

Rain Saturday and Sunday hampered the completion of these murals. Once the weather improves, Charm City Streets will publish photos of the completed artwork.

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