Respect is the Strongest Compliment, Part 2: Tools | Groundswell Mural 2015

Respect is the Strongest Compliment, Part 2: Tools | Groundswell Mural 2015


>>WE STARTED WITH GENDER VIOLENCE. BUT GENDER VIOLENCE WAS TOO BROAD A TOPIC TO DO A MURAL ON.>>THEN WE GOT DOWN TO STREET HARASSMENT, AND THEN WE STARTED SKETCHING OUT DIFFERENT IDEAS. AND WE COMBINED THEM ALL, AND THEN WE VOTED ON THE BEST IDEAS.>>WE INTERVIEWED THE PEOPLE AROUND HERE AND SHOWED THEM OUR MURALS, SAID, “WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE?”>>THIS TOPIC IS SO DEEP THAT THERE’S JUST SO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT IT.>>AND SO ANOTHER IDEA WAS THE ZOMBIE CONCEPT.>>A WOMAN IS A TREE, SO YOU’RE UPLIFTING THE ROOT. THEY ALWAYS SORT OF CLIMB ON THE WOMAN AND TEAR DOWN HER IMAGE. AND THEN KYRA ALSO MENTIONED THAT THEY COULD ALSO, LIKE, UPLIFT THE ROOT TO TAKE WHAT THE VALUES OF A WOMAN IS.>>I LOVE SEEING WOMEN GO BY AND THEY SEE IT, AND THEIR FACES LIGHT UP IN ACKNOWLEDGMENT.>>WE DO GET PEOPLE WHO ARE, LIKE, PASSING BY AND ARE LIKE, “OH, THAT’S BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE IT. KEEP GOING.”>>AND MEN GO BY, AND SOME OF THEM HAVE QUESTIONS, SOME HAVE ANGRY COMMENTS, BUT EVEN IF THEY HAVE ANGRY COMMENTS, IF THEY HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY AT ALL, AT LEAST THE CONVERSATION’S BEING STARTED.>>LIKE, SOMEBODY WAS PASSING BY THE OTHER DAY, AND THEY WERE LIKE, “OH, WHY DON’T YOU MAKE MURALS ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE? LIKE, REALLY? ABOUT THIS?” IF THERE’S A BIGGER ISSUE SOMEWHERE OUT THERE IN THE WORLD, IT DOESN’T MEAN THIS STILL ISN’T AN ISSUE.>>NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO COME BY AND SAY SOME REALLY IGNORANT THINGS. LIKE, ONE PERSON SAID, OH, LIKE, THEY’RE GONNA THROW WHITE PAINT ON THE WALL.>>I WAS UP ON THE SCAFFOLDING. I TURNED AROUND, AND I NOTICED THERE WAS A GUY STARING AT ME. I TURNED BACK AROUND, CONTINUED PAINTING, DON’T SAY ANYTHING. THEN HE GOES TO DANIELLE, THE LEAD ARTIST, AND HE SAYS, “THAT GIRL’S GIVING ME ATTITUDE.” HE SAID HE WAS JUST BEING NICE. I MEAN, HE WASN’T REALLY BEING NICE CONSIDERING HE FELT LIKE HE WAS ENTITLED TO MY ATTENTION WHILE I WAS WORKING. I WANT THE COMMUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE’S A PROBLEM.>>I’M SEEING THAT IT’S MAKING SOME CHANGES WITHIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. PEOPLE ARE COMING UP TO US, AND WHETHER THEY’RE CONGRATULATING US OR, YOU KNOW, NOT CONGRATULATING US, THE CONVERSATION IS STILL GOING. ♪♪

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