Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DOMINION ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND AN AMAZING MURAL BY KEITH NAQUIN, HERNDON, VIRGINIA


Today I met up with a friend for breakfast.  After enjoying our meal we went for a walk around the older part of town in Herndon.  


The only part of Herndon I knew of was the main street and a Mexican Restaurant Gregg, Brad and I used to go to when Brad was still living at home, many, many years ago.  It was their favorite place but has long since gone out of business.  We always wondered why because it was incredibly popular, the line of people waiting out the door on many occasions when we went there.  Maybe the owners just decided it was time to retire.


Well, I'm getting off track a bit.  This restaurant was in a shoppng center on the main road and I have never explored any other area, but today my friend took me to the part of town that I had never been to.  She showed me this lovely mural on the side of a building that houses the pet hospital, and out came my cell phone.  I took lots of photographs.  I loved it.  


The artist is Keith Naquin and it was sponsored by the Council of the Arts of Herndon.  The original owner of the practise, "Doc Cockrel" has his barn painted in the mural (you can see that in the top photo) and owners and patrons were asked to submit photos of their dogs and cats so that they could be added also.  The cat of the mayor who presided over the dedication ceremony is seen on a swing. 


What I also thought very clever was that the tree houses were painted around the windows of the actual building, and also a staircase leads up to another window.  It turned an old building into an amazing work of art.  It is an awesome mural and I look forward to going back to study it further.


A quick stop at The Harvest Bread Company where I purchased a loaf of bread and a stack of jumbo-sized raisin and oatmeal cookies that I knew Gregg would enjoy.  Both bread and cookies got a big thumb's up from Gregg.  I also noticed on sale were packets of home-made dog biscuits.  The bread company is right next to the animal hospital.  





















If you want to see other photos of this wonderful mural you can click here.  Just click on each tiny button below the photo to take you to the next one.

There is a fence showing in this mural and I thought Theresa wouldn't mind if I used these photos to share this week over at Good Fences. 

You can click on the name, The Run*A*Round Ranch Report, to see other Good Fences participants.  

Thank you Theresa for hosting this fun meme.

40 comments:

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous mural and are work. Wow! Thanks for sharing.

TexWisGirl said...

what a cute, cute mural! i LOVE the tree houses built/painted around the trees!

Linda said...

Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous, Denise. One of the most beautiful wall murals I have ever seen. :)

KaHolly said...

Such amazing artwork. I'll bet it was a big hit with the townspeople!

Adam said...

that is a very good mural

Linda Gross said...

Wow! What an amazing mural!

Ginny said...

This is awesome! And everyone will be able to recognize the vet's office. I love everything about it, and am so glad you took so many pictures so we can see the details. I love the way the tree house tops are around real windows. The cat on the swing is adorable!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I love all the detail in the mural. Really well done.

Rose said...

Oh, my goodness, Denise! I thought I had seen everything...but this is just absolutely one of the best murals I have ever seen. I would love to go there and just sit and study it.

William Kendall said...

What an amazing mural!

The cat on the fence is my favourite.

Michelle said...

A great mural!

Cloudia said...

A high point of my day! Thanks, Dear




ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
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Linda Kay said...

I wish I could see this in person, but certainly thanks for showing us the pictures. Aren't the cell phone pics amazing?

Linda said...

Oh, I love this! So clever! Last time I went to Herndon I got lost!

Margaret Adamson said...

What a fantastic mural. Very talented artist.

Pauline Woodcock said...

You wouldn't forget where the vet is after you'd seen that mural, would you? Love it.

Elephant's Child said...

What fun. I love it - thank you so much. I would have taken a kazillion photos myself...

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, I just love the mural! It is so cute, the dogs are all adorable too. I would love to see it in person! Thanks for sharing, great shots! Have a happy day!

Valerie said...

Brilliant! I would have taken loads of pictures too if I'd been there. Everyone one is a winner. Thanks for sharing this, Denise.... anything with animals goes well with me.

Linda P. said...

A wonderful community project! I like the way the artist has used the windows of the pet hospital building in the mural and has featured the pets of the sponsors and other personal references to the local area. Magical!

John's Island said...

Murals are wonderful. Wish we could see more of them! Thank you for all the photos of this one!

Sandra said...

you have just posted the MOST amazing mural I have ever seen. I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT and would so love to see it in person. this artist has super talent, a gift from God. your photos are Perfect...

Carletta said...

Not just a mural but a lovely painting. This was very well done with such wonderful detail.

Carola Bartz said...

Oh my, I love love love this mural!! How wonderful - what a brilliant idea. I just love the trees around the windows and all the cats and dogs. I guess you can spend quite some time just looking at the mural. Thank you for sharing it with us - I think it's perfect for Good Fences.

Carola Bartz said...

Thank you for the link to the mural website. I found so many wonderful details!

ladyfi said...

Such a fun and gorgeous mural!

carolann said...

That mural artist or artists have made a fantastic keeper for the eyes of their passer Byers.

I enjoy this so much.

Thank you for sharing. You and friend must of been delighted to walk about and see it eyes on . I am sure it was even more fab. The colors very impressive.

Gayle said...

Amazing mural. The colors are fantastic.

bailey-road.com said...

Love the mural!

Karen S. said...

Goodness, how wonderful this is. Thanks for sharing this delightful, cheery place, what an imagination it was to create, paint and of course, to please us!

Ida said...

Now that's a mural! This was wonderful and just a joy to look at. Thanks for sharing.

Annesphamily said...

Wow! The work of one talented artist! Amazing! Love those pets and especially the cat on the swing! Such a silly photo! LOL! It is a shame about your favorite Mexican place. We love Mexican food too and after my honey's doctor appointment we are heading to one of our favorite places, El Jardin. They make the very best Carnitas Indian Tacos! Oh I can taste them already....yum.
Have a great weekend and thanks for this lovely share.

Mascha said...

What a famous and creative painting! I've never seen in Germany such things (seems, we haven't murals here)
Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend

pattisjarrett said...

Wow, that's really neat!

SeagullSuzie said...

That is absolutely fantastic and what a brilliant idea, thank you for posting, it's been great to see.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

A very inspirational and moving way to decorate the building.
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Marie C said...

Great mural, Denise! What a lovely idea!

Pamela Gordon said...

That is a really beautiful mural! I love all the colour and the animals.

edenhills said...

Wow! What an amazing mural!

Kay said...

That is truly an incredible mural. I would have been transfixed by it too.