How do you paint a mural on the corrugated metal side of a pole barn? If you’re graffiti artist and muralist Scott Noel, it’s with great care and lots of cans of spray paint.
In dark turquoise, shades of brownish gray and patches of other colors, the newest work by the 40-year-old is taking shape on a 20- by 100-foot side of a storage building on 8th Street in Wasena.
It’s the biggest and latest in a series of relatively recent murals by the full-time, self-trained freehand artist who calls himself Toobz. His earlier works already have opened eyes and provoked thoughts in other parts of town.
In Grandin Village, outside the coffeeshop Cups, Toobz has rendered giant-sized likenesses of Roanoke’s dame of diversity, Pearl Fu, and Grandin Village caretaker James Tarpley.
On 5th Street in Old Southwest, outside the old Water Heater building (it’s now for sale) Toobz painted “Whimcycle,” an oversized likeness of a overheating cyclist astride a melting bike.
Two of his works are incorporated in a huge multi-artist mural on the wall outside The Wilson-Hughes Gallery on Campbell Avenue. Those were Toobz’s first pieces of public art.
The Wasena building is Greenway Self Storage, which is along the railroad tracks next to The River House apartments parking lot. Greenway Self storage and the adjacent Ghent Hill, a custom furniture and antique restoration business, are owned by Tom Dorathy[cq] and his wife Cory. Tom said it was Cory’s idea to have a mural painted on the Greenway building.
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