This May, I'll be heading to Israel to paint a mural on the border wall between Israel and Lebanon. This wall was put in place to shield the residents of the small agricultural village of Shtula from attacks by Hezbollah. I'm so honored and humbled to have been chosen for this project (along with 7 other artists from all over the US and the world) by Artists 4 Israel. This will be my first international mural, and my third travel mural! Eeeeeee
I've grown up loving Israel and all the stories in the Tanakh, so it feels surreal to me that I will be there in such a significant place in the world. Hopefully along with painting, I will also have lots of time to see a few important places, and to make new friends of all sorts... Jews, Arabs, and maybe even some Kurds and Druze!
The design of this mural is inspired by the Tanakh stories of the chariots of fire around Elisha (did you know this story ended in peace?); the touching of the flaming coal to the lips of the prophet Isaiah, and decorative Japanese elements. Obviously the dove represents peace, and she is holding a cedar sprig in her mouth to represent future peace with Lebanon, and all the nations around. Also, did you know that all the bronze work in the Palace of Solomon was built by an extremely skilled contractor named Hiram who was half Hebrew, half Lebanese?
Also, here is another declaration of future hope that I feel is so powerful to speak over the region in triumph!
"Then they will call them The Holy People,
The Redeemed of Adonai,
and you will be called, Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken."
— Isaiah 62: 12 (TLV)
So I think I will title this mural "A City Not Forsaken" so that the people of tiny Shtula will always remember that the number of those with them is ever greater than the number of those against them.