We Didn't Expect This. A mural
is the re-conceived project* that was a public art response to revealing and healing experiences of Burlingtonians in the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was created through community input, asking neighbors to share their experiences in the first two months of COVID.
They were asked to share what you are comfortable with, using imagery, single words, or brief descriptions. For example, one image we have all gotten used to are face masks. What does a face mask mean to you? What is an image or experience from your household? How have you and/or your family been coping? What are you enjoying? What has been the most difficult? What are you grateful for? What are you hopeful for in the future? What else has been on your mind?
The responses were compiled into a cohesive visual representation.
My hope is the mural will provide a space to witness lives and experiences like and unlike our own. A place where we can find connection during a time where that is uncomfortably difficult. A place that we can revel in the joys and tears of what we have all experienced in the last couple of months.
This project was funded by the BCA Community Art Fund.
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