John Hartt Jortt painting four colorful pigs

About Something Wonderful

A community-backed installation showcasing the work of Manassas artist Jortt, who is known for his whimsical and otherworldly creatures, and his inspiring story of reinvention. 

For the installation Something Wonderful, Hartt created a band of wonderful and out of this world creatures parading to strange and exciting destinations.  He’ll create 12-14 eight-foot creatures including Aliens, tiki men, bigfoot,  and robots, all unique characters with different personalities and different stories, celebrating the unique and diverse nature of our community.

Jortt’s vision for the show is to spark curiosity and inspire the community to believe that they too can create something wonderful, no matter how great, how big or how impossible it may seem.

Physically, it’s going to be between twelve and fourteen  8×4 ft pieces of art, cut to the creatures’ 


This exhibition is scheduled to be installed from June through August 2023 on the lawn of the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas

Meet the Creatures

Walking the Pets

Come take a stroll around the neighborhood with this swell robot and his pets. Sponsored by Bannerworx.


Mr. Sasquatch is alway there to help folks get to where they need to by. Sponsored by…


Floating around with nowhere to go. Sponsored by the Crossman/Soni family.

Pigs - Four Different Ones

Down on the farm with some old barnyard friends. Sponsored by …


I dont know if these guys are going up or coming down.  

Eyeball Dude

A dancing eyeball, flying glizzies. What is going one here? Sponsored by ??


This is not complete yet. Come out and join you friendly-neighborhood gardener and jam with his flowers. Sponsored by Daniel Ruin.


Having a groovy time with our potted friends.


Carrots, Carrots everywhere. As far as the eye can see.

Tiki Man

Grooving to the tribal rhythym. This guy still needs a sponsor.

Race Day

Rev up your flying saucer and join these fellas in a Saturday afternoon race. Sponsored by the Don and Alice Crossman.


Mr. Grim is out to cha-cha-cha with his minions. Sponsored by the Delozier Family.

Under the Sea

This is not complete yet.   Sponsored by CJ Finz.


This is not complete yet. What in the world are these crazy pandas up to? Sponsored by Great Eats.


This is not complete yet. Hell, I haven’t even started it yet. Sponsored by my wonderful brother Tommy.