Flyer Design by ISH
for Boys and Girls Club fundraiser I curated.
Mr. Maravilla Wall on Main St. in the Harbor
East Chicago, IN
May Allah Be Pleased with the life of Mr. Maravilla. He supported our efforts like no one else in the city did. We’ve painted that wall since 1992. The first piece on that wall was in 1985ish and remained untouched until early 90′s (Golden Age) when it needed a fresh coat of paint.
The building has since been leveled. I can say without stutter, that at least 200 artists painted on the wall from 1985 to the day the city bought it for redevelopment of the area.
Reflecting on how many parables, teachings, and rituals speak on a three-day departure and return. Whether physical or spiritual so many schools of thought cover this. The being always returns on a higher spiritual plane. I find that interesting.
Acrylic on Canvas
13′ x 4′
Commissioned by the Eskenazi Hospital (The New Wishard)
“CROSSROADS” is a series of two murals with the purpose of creating a warm, peaceful environment and the objective of keeping the Wishard community (patients and staff) engaged with every visit. I wanted to create an environment similar to sitting on a porch, or, by a large window and enjoying the view of Indiana’s landscape.
The mural couples two key inspirations:
Indiana’s landscape is beautiful year-round. The landscape has been enjoyed through contemporary eyes as well as the Native Americans who call this land home. Throughout the mural are woodland scenes that were directly inspired from the Wishard Art Collection. The animals, trees, and foliage in the murals are native to Indiana. The Native American theme, in my opinion, creates a warm spiritual atmosphere for the waiting area.
For CROSSROADS I, the turtle shell outline represents the 13 lunar cycles in a lunar year. There are 28 marks around the turtle shell portraying the 28 day cycle of the moon. It represents the marking of time used by the local tribes. The repeated pattern creates visual rhythm.
The turtle shell linings on the lower portion of the mural represent the cycles of the human body, fertility, and perseverance. They represent seeds and stories when shared can have the potential of finding root and developing into a well grounded tree.
Incorporated into the mural are State of Indiana symbols such as the tulip tree, the cardinal, and the peony flower. It personalizes the mural by providing, through familiar images, a platform for the viewer to interact with the murals. The tulip tree and peonies represent the patient’s active involvement in their healthcare. The peony flowers can be found in the flowerbed of many Indiana homes. Peonies require the attention and commitment of the owner to water, weed, and feed the flower. Patients have to follow the directions prescribed to ensure proper recovery and good health. The blooming flower of the tulip tree represents good health and recovery.
Cardinals are a welcoming treat when they appear. The cardinal in flight represents Wishard’s active outreach program as well as responding to meet the needs of the community with a sense of urgency. The perched cardinal represents awareness and preparedness to address the community.
IN CROSSROADS I, there’s a chipmunk. A story told by the Miami elders to their children is of how they have a friend in the chipmunk. As the story goes, animals introduced sickness to the Miamis. The chipmunks felt sad witnessing the sickness. They went and talked to plants and trees. The trees held a council and decided to help. The chipmunk ran back to the tribe and shared with them what the plants and trees offered to relieve their sicknesses. The chipmunk in the mural represents that story.
From stories of the Great Hare making man to how man first received fire; hares play an important part in many Native American traditions. The scattered hares are in respect for the symbolism of Native American tribes. They are also for the youth in waiting areas to look at and enjoy.
In CROSSROADS I, dragonflies, admired by the Miamis for their flight patterns are placed in the lower corners. The dragonflies symbolize & represent the four cardinal points.
Sprigs of sage, sassafras leaves, sweet grasses are laid out throughout the mural. These are some of the plants the Native Americans regarded highly and are found throughout various legends and ceremonies. The landscapes are painted to look beaded acknowledging the tribes that resided in Indiana. It also represents corn which has been a staple to the economy since before the Miamis.
Geese in flight represent the commitment of the Wishard staff to its patients. Geese annually migrate to warmer climates during the winter. As gifted navigators, geese forge ahead with confidence and bravery with intricate methods of communication. They work as a team to communicate messages. Should a goose become injured during this trek, another goose will leave the migrating flock to stay with its fallen comrade. The goose will stay with the injured until he has recovered or until its final breath.
The mural is in two parts due to the walls being separated. Each segment is sized 13’ by 4’. The frame for the mural is of minima style to accentuate the colors of the mural.