Move to Inspire - Thesia Terese Westmoreland

These modern day street art murals were created to support certain movements that were built to inspire hope. Whether it was a movement for equality or need for multicultural understanding; these murals provide stories of struggle so that the community around them can regain hope of what seems impossible by seeing the acts of those who made it possible.

A Peoples Progression Toward Equality, Jared Bader, Photo by Jack Ramsdale, 2007-03-01, From the collection of: Mural Arts Philadelphia
This mural depicts Abraham Lincoln as the figurehead who started the equal rights movement after abolishing slavery. In the building, there are abolitionists and civil rights advocates who spent countless efforts of creating the idea of abolishing slavery even possible. In the mural, the contrasts of darkness to light become more evident as the people get closer to the top. This indicates that their struggles for equality start to illuminate to preferable ideals the higher they get. Also, the Lincoln statue seems to symbolize the movement for equal rights. Towards the bottom of the statue, the base is still bare, which could symbolize the beginning of the movement and the continuous struggles that the people faced. As they get closer to the figure's head, it would seem to symbolize the actual issue of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment that would make the idea of abolishing slavery possible.
Pride and Progress, Ann Northrup, Photo by Jack Ramsdale, 2002-07-31, From the collection of: Mural Arts Philadelphia
This is a street mural of a gay pride festival. On the left side of the mural, you'll notice a man putting up a poster of the 1966 gay civil rights march while other celebrants are enjoying the festival. In the mural, there are also several places in which the colors of the rainbow are present, such as the older woman's attire, the decoration colors, and the rainbow on the top of the mural. The rainbow symbolizes the colors of the gay pride community and it's diversity, and the artist hopes that this mural can inspire people to love and accept another for the way they are and to celebrate it.
Bouillon de culture, Yannick Picard, 2007-07-01/2007-08-01, From the collection of: MU
This mural depicts people from multi-ethnic origins enjoying different things. There are different items used that represent sports, music, photography, travel, and more. Although, these people are of different backgrounds, the ideas of fun shown can be enjoyed by any culture. This demonstrates common interest that can bring a community together. The use of bright colors compliments the mood of the enjoyment.Also, by looking at the angle of the airplane and how the people in the front are bigger than those in the back, I sense a 3-Dimensional space is used.
Learning Tree, Alfredo Diaz Flores, 1975, From the collection of: The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles
This mural depicts a learning environment that is supported by people of different statuses. The people at the root of the tree represent the teacher and the students. The various people on the branches represent tribute to the people of the community who have contributed to the learning environment, whether a garment worker or a local leader. Within the mural, a deep contrast between light and dark are presented, along with the saturation of colors. I believe that the circles under the tree would symbolize students as seeds, and the more that they gain that knowledge by the teacher, the more they will flourish and grow.
Faces of South LA, Raul Gonzalez, 2011, From the collection of: The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles
This mural focuses on the events that had occurred in Central Avenue in South Central Los Angeles, starting from the 1940s zoot suit riots to the shootout between the Black Panthers and LAPD. On the right side of the image, a young girl is looking at her book. It would seem that she is studying her history about the struggles of Central Avenue, and determining her future and the part she is meant to play. The rainbow in the mural would seem to symbolize hope in discovering her potential in reaching her dreams. The darkness in the contrast depicts the mood of the struggles, and the color of the rainbow focuses on hope for the youth.
Open Minds Open Hearts, Eva Cockcroft, 1992, From the collection of: The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles
This mural depicts the need for understanding between different ethnic, economic, and age groups within a local neighborhood. The homes in the background, from Victorian homes to stucco apartments, symbolize the different economic statuses of the community. The rose that bleeds to it's roots above the buried weapons symbolize the yearning for gang violence to end. The lovers on each side of the rose are meant to remind us that we need love to conquer any suspicion or fear that would divide us. In the mural, the people of the community bring on a sense of unity with the rose being the focal point of it.
The Evolving Face of Nursing, Meg Saligman, Photo by Steve Weinik, 2009-12-01, From the collection of: Mural Arts Philadelphia
This mural, made of paint and LED lights, celebrates nurses and their stories of healing and hope. Each section of the mural pulls focus to the portraits of several nurses that were honored for their contributions in helping people heal. The use of black and whites greatly reflect flashbacks of these nurses' memories on the job. The random photos that are heavily saturated with orange, yellow, and blue draw attention to other nurses who were also honored and are not in the main sections of the painting.
Peace is a Haiku Song, Josh Sarantitis, Parris Stancell, Photo by Steve Weinik, 2012-10-01, From the collection of: Mural Arts Philadelphia
This mural depicts a community that engages their children in exploring haikus with the belief that they are meant to represent peace and transformation. The amount of color saturated in this mural gives off a certain warmth that would make it beautiful and peaceful. The way that the origami cranes surround the bowl and change in size demonstrate positive use of 3-dimensional spacing.
Lincoln Legacy, Josh Sarantitis, Eric Okdeh, Photo by Jack Ramsdale, 2005-01-01, From the collection of: Mural Arts Philadelphia
This mural depicts Lincoln's Legacy of abolishing slavery. In this glass tiled art, the boy is the focal point. He is on what is believed to be a slave ship, as Africa is shown through the wooden planks. He is wearing a necklace with Lincoln on it, and on the bottom right of the mural is Lincoln's words during the debate for equal rights against Douglas. The boy shows a facial expression of hope, and the saturated colors of the mural bring out a sense of peace or equality.
Philadelphia Muses, Meg Saligman, Photo by Steve Weinik, 1999-10-01, From the collection of: Mural Arts Philadelphia
This polyester fabric mural depicts a contemporary interpretation of the nine classical muses. This mural was created to honor creative expression and consists of elements that represent art and creativity. The constant use of spheres throughout the mural become the focus, as the spheres symbolize the perfect art form.
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