Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Mural in Nazareth



I recently returned from a two week trip to Israel with some fellow artists, in which we painted a mural in the St.Vincent Hospital in Nazareth. I posted the plans for it a couple months ago here. It was an amazing experience, a truth I'm never able to adequately express when answering the question: "How was Israel?"

Since the mural went up a stairway, it was a bit difficult to get a picture of it in it's entirety, so I took a video instead.( and I apologize for the quality...)



The other artists who worked and help plan it:Bethanne Andersen (Our fearless leader), Boston Madsen (mastermind behind the fish... love that detailing!), Adam Borgia (Adam did all the tough start up work... there's no way it would have gotten done without him), and Jake Wyatt (responsible for a lot of the composition). I primarily worked on faces. It was the first mural for all of us.









I'm really grateful I got to be a part of this. Israel is a special place, and we met some truly inspiring people. Everyone was so welcoming and kind. I was constantly thinking..."Wow... I need to be a better sort of person." It was a privilege to be able to participate in some small way in the work they're doing.



Check out forpeace.us for more information about the project and pictures of the mural in progress.

Also, sketchbook pages from the trip coming soon..

9 comments:

Linds said...

Israel holds a special place in my heart too- great history, great spirit. Love the mural, you always impress me!

Aaron Ludwig said...

Who says nothing good can come out of Nazareth?
Very inspiring stuff, Simini!

Lisa said...

Simini, I am more amazed by you, the more I get to know you. I could sit here and write a whole letter, but I'll just leave it at this...There is something so amazing I see in you. You are one of the most talented people i know. Thank you for sharing this, and I know we are going to see amazing things from you in this world. you are so inspiring,

JAKE said...

Brilliant work, Blocker!!

Will Strong said...

Wow, really amazing stuff. I love it.

I've never done anything so ambitious before. It's really inspiring to see.

Ty Carter said...

Awesome awesome work Simini! It turned out so great

apb said...

I too am glad that I was able to be a part of this. The thing I regret the most is not being able to stay there with you for the rest of it. That, and the fact that I have realized I drew the moon lopsided on the bottom (I think I was figuring we might do some blending and rounding with blue to even it out). Too bad they don't make protractors or compasses that big. You should have seen my make-shift engineering to trace it out...

Anyway, amazing work. You've immortalized yourself. Now to start saving up to go back next year!

Scott C. Gwynn said...

Wow! It really turned out great! I'm still a little jealous that you got take such an amazing trip.

Kelly said...

I'm totally jealous. You guys are the best bunch I could have picked to do such a great project. I wish I could have just come and watched the whole process!