As a writer, I was caught up by the energy, the color.
By the people and a community center.
By St. Peter’s Church, the rich fabric of the setting. The city.
Each mural artist had a different style and perspective. They brought symbolism and detail, layers and density of meaning. I equated those meanings to text and subtext. I could feel the emotion, the pain, the joy, the pride. Most exciting was the sense of story. All elements writers want to capture.
If you live in a community that has mural art, take time to visit or revisit it. To see its story and its statement about the human condition. To be inspired about life or to ignite your special passion.
I’ve been to Balmy Alley since, but the impact of that first visit remains unforgettable.