Artist Paints Mural Of Hope On Ruins Of Friend’s Home Destroyed In Wildfire
Mural meant to show that friend he will rise out of the ashes
California artist Shane Grammer paints murals.
It’s just one of the creations he makes as a graffiti artist.
He happens to have a friend who is also named, Shane. Shane Edwards.
Edwards lived in Paradise, California.
Yeah, that Paradise.
The one destroyed by wildfires in 2018.
Shane Edwards showed Shane Grammer what was left of his home.
It wasn’t much.
Pretty much just a chunk of the chimney was still standing.
Most people saw debris.
Shane Grammer saw a canvas.
A place where he could create some beauty.
A place where he could inspire hope.
This is how he explains that journey to Inside Edition.
KRCR TV reports that Grammer traveled up from Los Angeles to Paradise in Northern California to do the mural on New Year’s Eve. It took him about two hours to complete.
The image is inspired by a scripture in the Bible, Isiah 61 3-4, “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolation’s, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolation’s of many generations.”
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His buddy, Edwards, loves it. He says, “We thought it would be something great to give people a little hope because there’s so much destruction everywhere,” Edwards said. “I live on Clark Road and as you’re driving up it, the mural stands out,” added Edwards.
Grammer says he’d be more than happy to paint more images of hope for anyone else in the Paradise area.
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