Location: 1221 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Artist Joshua Solas created this brilliant mural – “Everybody Eats” – as part of the_diatribe’s 49507 Project.
Artist Statement from IG:
“The mural is an attempt to encapsulate themes of love, aspiration, and community.
Reading from right to left, the story begins with one person running with their wealth. We then realize that he is not alone as others are running with theirs. We finally see that they are running to their family to share the wealth. I think this is important in any community of people. We must have the will to share our wealth with each other – whether it’s knowledge, opportunity, funds, or food. For a healthy community to exist, it’s important to help each other, fill each other’s gaps, so we can become a more well-rounded community.
‘Running’ in my work has a few interpretations. When I depict someone running it is often unclear if they are running from something or towards something. In life I feel we often have to run or feel like we have to run. It’s worth it when we run for the right reasons.
The Afros loosely resemble halos to represent higher consciousness and a sense of higher purpose. The Broken Arrow in the first part of the mural (right side) represents the obstacles people face when running through life. It being broken is a testament to one’s strength if they face life head-on.”
About The 49507 Project:
The 49507 Project is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.
About The Diatribe:
The Diatribe uses performing arts to empower young people to share their stories, raise awareness of social issues, and create change within their communities.
[Click the link in our bio to learn more about the Diatribe and the 49507 Project.]
The Diatribe and The 49507 Project are supported by spectrumhealth, grcommfound, steelcase, neaarts, The Wege Foundation, The Frey Foundation, poetryfoundation, Southtown CID, carnevale_co, uicagr, garfieldparkgr, and citygrandrapids. ...