Social Justice Mural
MAC had the great honor to paint a social justice mural at The Walter Reed Military Hospital, a prestigious building in Washington, D.C. A recent conversion to a Privately Funded Laboratory Space called for a mural with equal gravitas. This layout is without regard for real world distances. To ground the rendition in DC we dropped in a few cherry blossoms at the edge of the frame. The pink flowers and the stone surround of the MLK monument also helped to camouflage some utility hardware in the wall too.
The design phase of this project was interesting for all of the usual reasons. Certainly the timing, location and content intersected to help shape the outcome here in a very interested way. In a broad sense those factors shape every project. First, the themes of science and research during covid. Second, themes of political influence and more directly, MLK, in the Fall and Winter of 2020. Thirdly, the location is the United States Capital in an illustrious and previously military hospital. These factors took front and center in everyone’s minds during the development of the creative story. A real time ripple effect started in the streets outside and was felt in our creative meetings. The dominant news stories of the moment literally changed how the details of the mural looked from one meeting to the next.
Our role is to facilitate our client’s vision without bias. Our politics are not relevant in their space. In this case, the corporate conscience equaled to the sum of their employees. Hopefully the art continues to reinforce the right notes as we move forward together.