Why do we paint murals?

August 23, 2022

Murals are big.

Bright. A building becomes a canvas of story, of color,
Powerful swooping swirls of yellow, orange, red.
Or sad colors, mad colors. Black, grey, empty colors.
Green, paint the many shades of hope, plant, protect, grow.
Look. No words needed. Everyone can understand the story.

People come together, paint together. Celebrate. Defend. Strengthen. Share.
It can be messy.

No longer us and them.
We speak in full color, together.

Murals are big.

(Nancy Bo Flood)

Enjoy this article about the painting of “Plant Wisdom” in Red Wing, Minnesota, a community project.

Plant Wisdom mural, Red Wing, MN

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...