The Mural Speaks
Event Marks the Completion of the Olympia‐Rafah Solidarity Mural
6 p.m. Saturday, May 8, Labor Temple, Olympia WA
The Olympia‐Rafah Solidarity Mural is a community building memorial honoring all who have lost their lives in struggle and all who are resisting oppression. The mural was inspired by the killing of Rachel Corrie, a resident of Olympia who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer while defending the home of a Palestinian pharmacist and his family. The mural tells a tale of two cities linked through tragedy, Olympia WA and Rafah, Palestine. It is the tale of people working together for a better world. The mural uses technology and advancements in printing processes to include artists from Palestine who are forbidden to travel.
More information about the project from the website:
The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project is an inter-disciplinary, interactive, multi-site public art project that will involve people on a global scale. ORSMP crosses borders and recognizes the unique relationship that exists between the people of Olympia, Washington, the people of Rafah, Occupied Palestine, and all people who struggle and work for justice. ORSMP is co sponsored by the Middle East Children’s Alliance, the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, and Olympia Salvage Company.
The ultimate goal of the project is to use culture and technology in innovative ways to increase the strength and visibility of movements working for social change in Palestine, Israel, the US and the world. The project is a manifestation of the way communities use creativity in public space to cope with catastrophic and traumatic losses in resilient and transformative ways.
Inspired by Rachel Corrie, an Olympian killed in the Gaza Strip in 2003 in a non-violent act of civil disobedience, the mural serves as a reminder of the thousands of lives lost in Gaza and elsewhere, and as an inspiration for those who carry on the quest for justice, unity and peace—symbolized by the olive tree.
There will be a film showing at 8 PM.
Project artists and leaders will be on-site at the wall this Saturday. We encourage community members to stop by and join us for conversation, paint a tile leaf, and attend an 8pm film screening at the wall of Bil’in Habibti (Bil’in, My Love), a documentary about the town of Bil’in in the West Bank. The villagers of Bil’in, and those who stand in solidarity with them, have for years engaged in weekly non-violent demonstrations to alter the course of the separation wall through their farmlands. Work on the mural will continue throughout the weekend, when the mural’s central image will be completed: an ancient, gnarled olive tree representing life and growth, movement upwards from strong roots, and a traditional aspect of the Palestinian landscape, culture, and economy. Over a million olive trees have been uprooted to build settlements and the separation wall; the International Court of Justice has ruled that the separation wall illegally appropriates Palestinian land within the 1967 Green Line.Saturday, August 23, 2008, Labor Temple Building North Wall 119 Capitol Way, Olympia WA 98501
For more information: Official Launch of the Olympia-Rafah Mural Project
The Olympia-Rafah Mural Project is happening. Stop by the corner of Capitol Way and State Avenue to see for yourself.
I also posted some pictures from a brief visit to the mural. I even saw mural making (preparation) in action. link here
Check out the official project web-page. Break the Silence: The Olympia-Rafah Mural Project
There's a new mural in town located right next to Olympia Screen on 4th Ave (Eastside Oly). If you'd like to see a larger picture just click on the mini-photo above. Two of the artists, Vince Ryland and Ira Coyne, are the people behind the O.F.S. sidewalk marquee art. Another of the artists behind this currently has a art show at Le Voyeur.
A big thank you to the artists as well as to the person/people(?) who commissioned this mural. Eastside 4th Ave is now that much better.