With the help of local artists and veterans, mural artist, Eric Okdeh, is completing the design of a mural honoring veterans, developed by the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation. It will adorn the north wall of 901 Washington Street in Wilmington Delaware. That building now houses military veterans who were previously homeless.
On March 30th veterans, artists, and neighbors gathered at the Connections building at the corner of West and 8th streets to preview a digital rendition of the mural design. Although most of the design is ready for production, Eric is still inviting input from veterans in two ways:
1. Words of wisdom: What advice or words of wisdom would you relay to a returning veteran today, that you wish someone would have said to you when you were transitioning back to civilian life?
2. A photo that holds sentimental value for you and chronicles the day to day experiences of the military life which you remember. All photographers will get credit for their contribution. Eric is reserving a section of the mural to display these photos. Email digital photos or bring non-digital ones to the Connections building during one of the Community Paint Days listed below. Your paper or film photo will be scanned and returned immediately to you in person.
Vets, if you would like to participate in either way, please send your statement/photo to Eric: okdehmurals at gmail.com; or Laura Semmelroth: laura at bigideaswilmington.com.
Community Paint Days at the Connections Building, West and 8th streets:
The mural will be painted inside on sections of fabric which later will be glued to the wall at 901 Washington Street. If you would like to participate in the painting, show up during one or more of the following times. (No experience is required.)
Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.–This day is especially participation by veterans and their family members.
Wednesday, May 11thto 8:00 p.m, 3:00 .–Painting by all community members.
Saturday, May 14th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.–Painting by all community members.
The installation of the painted sections will take place from June 1 to June 10. More details about that will follow in an upcoming post.