The 7,000 square-foot mural is viewable from space via satellite.
A mural was painted in Annapolis' Chambers Park over the Fourth of July to honor Breonna Taylor.
The mural, which was finished on Sunday, measures 7,000 square feet and was painted by 30 volunteers and 10 teaching artists in the park's basketball court.
The project was volunteer-led by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, Banneker-Douglass Museum, and Future History Now, a nonprofit that bridges the visual arts with social justice. Their previous effort includes a tribute to George Floyd at City Dock.
Taylor, an EMT at the University of Louisville Health, was shot and killed March 13 in her apartment, following a botched raid involving plainclothes police using a no-knock warrant. One of the three officers has been fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department, but no arrests have been made. The 26-year-old's death, along with Floyd's, has sparked mass protests across the country and abroad.
In a statement, Future History Now emphasizes the role of art as a form of peaceful resistance:
"This effort is not intended to be a performative distraction from real policy changes, but rather a form of using peaceful and artistic means to express distress, giving a voice to those who need to be heard and to have their humanity recognized."
The mural's vibrancy and size are not only visually striking but live up to the goal of highlighting human rights issues. According to their website, the painting can be seen from space via satellite, which was intended from the start.
"We want the youth of Annapolis to experience this pivotal moment in history in a creative, positive, and active way, so that 20, 30, 40 years from now, when they're the leaders of this community or elsewhere, they'll remember back on this moment in the 2020 civil rights movement," Future History Now founder Jeff Huntington told WBALT-TV.
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