ArtisT: josh mcbride
Location: 401 W Geer Street
Developer Alex Washburn owns this building. In 2013 he renovated the backside of the building in an effort to accommodate retail in the “DIY District,” as dubbed by the area’s business owners. Soon after renovations were complete Washburn brought in colleague and fellow developer Robert “Bob” Chapman to manage the rental of the space. In an effort to attract more attention to the space, which is nestled behind Motorco, he decided to commission a colorful mural by local street artist Josh McBride. McBride painted the north- and west-facing facades of the building that same year. Later, in 2014 when Mercury Studio – a co-working space – moved into the building, they invited McBride to come back and paint the remaining walls.
McBride has recently painted a mural inside in the Greenhouse located on Duke University’s campus, and in 2015 he repainted the locally famous American Dance Festival bus.