Wardensville in Hardy County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Son of Man
Bottle Cap Art
About the art
This mural, created by West Virginia artist David Heatwole, pays homage to both the surrealist and pointillism art movements through the creative use of recycled bottle caps. Originally created by artist David Heatwole, with help from students, this work has been lovingly restored by Moorefield artist Ryan Zirk and depicts René Magritte's painting "The Son of Man".
About Rene Magritte
The Son of Man (French, Le Fils de L'homme) is a 1964 painting by the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte. Magritte painted it as a self-portrait. The painting consists of a man in an overcoat and a bowler hat standing in front of a low wall, beyond which is the sea and a cloudy sky. The man's face is largely obscured by a hovering green apple. Another subtle feature is that the man's left arm appears to bend backwards at the elbow. About the painting Magritte said:
"At least it hides the face partly. Well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden. The face of the person, it's something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing,
About David Heatwole
The career of David Frederick Heatwole as an artist may have begun 238 years ago when his ancestors arrived in the Shenandoah Valley from Germany. The immigrant Heatwoles were craftsmen and storytellers, and today at the age of 42, as an 11th-generation artist, David Heatwole lives and works in the shadows of Washington, D.C. His father, a renowned sculptor of science fiction and fantasy folklore, fostered Heatwole's artistic pursuits, and his mother's carefree humor encouraged him to continually peruse the purity of discover.
To learn more about Magritte's work, go here: http://www.renemagritte.org/the-son-of-man.jsp
To learn more about Heatwole's work, go here: http://davidheatwole.weebly.com/bio.html
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1964.
Location. 39° 4.523′ N, 78° 35.832′ W. Marker is in Wardensville, West Virginia, in Hardy Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 West Main Street, Wardensville WV 26851, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wardensville (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Wardensville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lost and Found (approx. 3.2 miles away); West Virginia (Hardy County) / Virginia (approx. 4.6 miles away); Capon Springs (approx. 6.7 miles away); Capon Lake Whipple Truss Bridge (approx. 6.7 miles away); Oriskany Sand (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wardensville.
Also see . . .
1. René Magritte. Wikipedia article (Submitted on July 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. The Son of Man, 1946 by Rene Magritte. (Submitted on July 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
1. Link for Heatwole's art on the marker
The link provided on the marker no longer functions. However, Heatwole's current site is in the links.
— Submitted July 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
Additional keywords. #bottlecapart, bottle cap art, surrealism
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.