Back in 2009, I wrote a blog post about my so-called muse and how it was leading me to lost art. Crazy, I know, but at the time, I’d found seven noteworthy pieces of art in six years. All at garage sales or junk stores.
These days, my muse is working overtime, because I’ve discovered an awful lot of street art lately. I’m still meditating on the powerful message in that street art I photographed the other day in The Paseo: “Everything will be OK.”
And, then this morning, I meant to turn on SW 29th, but I accidentally blew passed it and turned down SW 25th instead. That’s when I caught a glimpse of something painted on the side of Hunter’s Battery; a religious mural that depicts the Stations of the Cross exploding into two trees. It culminates in a Spanish Mission in Mexico. I’m pretty sure the entire mural was created with special spray paint and various graffiti art supplies.
As I stood in front of the mural, I had a moment alone with God. Standing on concrete stained with oil and grease in the middle of the barrio I was certain I was standing on holy ground. I remembered Christ’s love for me, and years of soledad, solitude, before I remarried and had more children.
I had to get to a meeting, so I didn’t have much time to explore the mural, but I returned this afternoon, with my kids. They thought it was fantastic, and it will go down in history as one of my all-time favorite after-school adventures. Juliette, 14, especially loved it, and on the way home, Bridgette, 4, sang Christmas Carols: “Peace on earth and mercy my-high, God and center reckon-sy.”
I have a little more information about the owner and the artist, but some things I just want to keep to myself. It doesn’t all have to be for public consumption, does it? If you want to see the mural for yourself, it’s located at 514 SW 25th Street in Oklahoma City.
I also have pictures of the other side of the building and the artist’s practice wall. I will publish some of these soon.
What thoughts do you have about this mural?
|Ya Wanta Start Somthin? is the brand slogan for Hunter’s Battery Shop.|
On the chance that the owner of Hunter’s Battery find this post, I want to thank him for generously allowing an artist’s talent to flourish in the space he’s been given, and for providing such a gift for customers and passers-by. I think you’ve started something very special, sir, and it’s not just a battery.
And, to the artist, J., keep painting.