A new mural has been added to the wave of street
art that has popped up throughout Hatteras village this past summer,
this time landing on the side of the Jeffrey's Seafood building.
The colorful artwork was created by Justin Paxton
and a small team of past and current Cape Hatteras Secondary School
(CHSS) volunteers, and is the latest work to pay homage to Hatteras
village’s distinctive identity.
Justin, an art teacher at CHSS, has been painting
the town red, (and green, and yellow, and blue), over the course of the
spring and summer, through a series of murals that have been added at
various landmarks around Hatteras village. Eye-catching and coastal
scenes now line the sides of Nedo, the Village Market Red & White,
Balance’s Garage, and the veggie truck outside of Lee Robinson, and
this new addition certainly ties in with the bright new scene.
The subject – a huge marlin flanked by a few
yellow and green dolphin – is actually a tribute to an original mural
that used to be at the site.
“I approached [the owners] at Jeffrey’s Seafood,
and asked if we could do it, and they told me about an old mural that
used to be there, and which was painted by their uncle a long time
ago,” said Justin. “I wanted to keep the theme the same, which was a
boat catching a marlin, but I wanted to revamp it and do a half water /
half sky view.”
“They really liked the idea – it was still kind
of me, and still paying homage to the old mural,” he added. “So I
showed them a sketch, and we went from there.”
The painting process itself took six days to
complete with help, but there were a number of delays due to running
out of paint, and multiple days of rain. However, the mural wrapped up
by the end of summer, and has already garnered attention from locals
and visitors alike.
And although school is back in session as of
August 27, Justin’s colorful streak in Hatteras village isn’t done yet.
“Scratchmade Snackery is coming up next,” he said. “They confirmed
their site – their little Volkswagen bus – and are getting ready to
order the paint.”
For more information on Justin’s many Hatteras murals, see http://islandfreepress.org/2018Archives/07.09.2018-LocalTeacherBringingStreetArttotheHatterasVillageSceneWITHSLIDESHOW.html