Below is a write up I did for Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center. Over the summer I completed a magnetic mural for the center entitled, From Loss to Life. Just this past week I delivered over two dozen blank, magnetic birds ranging in all sizes and species. These birds are to symbolize...You! You make my mural! It is my hope that if you have lost a loved one that you will visit Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center, pick out a bird, paint it and place it on the magnetic mural. There is NO cost for this and you can paint it however you please! This photo blog shows just a few of the birds for you to choose from. My write up below explains the mural and the photos of this mural are located under the "MURALS" tab here in my website.
The mural concept is to show movement, life cycles and hope. By presenting interactive birds taking flight and leaving lifeless bamboo trees and flying towards bamboo trees full of life, we have the ability to visually communicate. The birds are made to come off of the wall and be moved around. This is a magnetic mural that encourages physical interaction and where visual communication, replaces verbal communication. Where you place your bird can “tell”/show the viewer where you see yourself in your grief journey and your life journey.
Multiple bird species and all ages of birds are used to represent us and that death affects everyone. Birds are connected with the sky and have been associated with a supernatural link between the heavens and earth. Birds also symbolize both lightness and closeness to spirituality. I used color association in this mural. The way we humans think about color in correlation to sensations and emotions is included in the field of psychology.