After our first walk-through of the Olympia Farmers’ Market, my friend Nathan and I set out to explore downtown Olympia a bit when we came across this mural.
It is a huge olive tree with leaves of different scenes, symbols, messages, etc that were contributed by individuals and groups locally and globally.
There was a “key” in one corner of the mural that listed the different pieces, labeled with numbers and the artist(s), and a phone number you could call to listen to the contributor’s story behind their artwork.
We tried to listen to a few of the stories but couldn’t get it to work… and then a nice young lady walked by. She asked us if we were listening to the stories and then told us that she actually worked on this project and was getting ready to have a recording session with some of the contributors! She was really excited to see people interacting with the mural.
She let us know which stories were active so we could call and listen. She even told us about one of the inactive leaves we were interested in: the top middle one above, with the maps of the US and Israel. She told us that the maps compare the early settler populated areas to present day.
If you want to learn more about the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project, I encourage you to visit their website and to visit the mural in person at the corner of State and Capitol in downtown Olympia.
This multi-media project aims to build relationships across movements, cultures and great distances. It honors those who have lost their lives striving for liberation, and seeks to strengthen and make more visible the efforts of some of the many organizations and individuals who dare to imagine a different world. -olympiarafahmural.org