YS Ink and H.U.M.A.N., with artists Pierre Nagley and Lindsay Burke, are working together to create a series of murals to draw attention to racial injustice and police misconduct in America. These murals can be seen in Kieth's Alley in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
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The first mural, painted by Pierre Nagley, honors the life of George Floyd – a father, brother, son, uncle, and human being.
The second mural, painted by Lindsay Burke, depicts the mass movement sparked by the Minneapolis protests.
The center section of this mural represents the burning third precinct in Minneapolis giving birth to the overarching Phoenix. In that moment, the nation reached a turning point. The People are saying, "Enough is Enough!", there is a shift in the power paradigm and the state is no longer untouchable. From there, we look out and see tear gas and smoke, but more importantly, we see people coming together. We see people standing together to fight for each other and to keep one another safe. The imagery of the Phoenix, egg shapes and halos are used to sanctify this uprising of The People, to say this is not a riot, it is an uprising. These images point to the hope that many feel; a better future is possible and we are willing to fight for it!
There is so much more I want to say here, but there are people more qualified than myself who have put into words this mural's message:
"It is our duty to fight for our freedom! It is our duty to win! We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains."
"I have declared war on the rich who prosper on poverty, the politicians who lie to us with smiling faces, and all the mindless, heartless robots who protect them and their property."
The third mural, painted by Nagley, honors local author Virginia Hamilton and features art from her book The People Could Fly, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. We've partnered with Hamilton’s widower, the renowned poet Arnold Adoff, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, the Arts and Culture Commission, and the Yellow Springs News to complete this piece. It is located on the northeast side of the News building.