For the past two months I've been working with the Paint Jamaica team on a great project. We've been going to some Developing Communities (inner cities) in search of a space we could work in to enhance and uplift, in order to bring about positive change. Of course, we decided to use the power of art and colour to do this. This is how the first edition of Paint Jamaica took root, at 41 Fleet Street, Parade Gardens in Downtown Kingston.
Meeting Marianna (Brain-child of the Project) was the beginning of the Journey. Many of us came together for this one cause. Democratic art. To go into the community and communicate with the locals living there and get their feedback about what they would like to see. I have to say, it was a very enlightening experience. Being in the midst of their lively hood, seeing and understanding how they live, we practically became honorary members of the community. Meeting with groups such as Life Yard, which had been a great contributor to the project through the provision of their Urban Farm, located right across from the site we would be painting.
The abandoned warehouse, known as 41 Fleet Street, was the site for the project. In 10 Days, with 92 gallons of paint and up to 67 individuals, comprised of artists, volunteers and community members, we covered all the walls within the space.
I did two murals within the space. Both inspired by the children in the community. The first one dedicated to the concept of Unity and the nurturing of positive values, knowledge and harmony. This was depicted by a young boy and girl planting a tree that grows out to an opened book. The second mural, is dedicated to the exuberance of youth. The immense potential of these "indigo children." That the new generation are the real ones to carry the crown, which I represent as an amalgamation of Jamaican fruits.
The reception I've recieved from visitors and community memebers about the murals, have been the most touching part of this whole experience. Im glad to have been apart of this project, and hope to see art continue planting positive seeds within society. If you get the chance, check out the rest of the Paint Jamaica project here. Look forward to more. Much Love.