MADISON (WKOW) – A colorful message of peace was unveiled in the form of a mural on Madison's east side on Saturday.
The mural at the Social Justice Center on Williamson St. includes six art installations: a mosaic, granite engravings, a labyrinth, 'peace' tiles, portraits of those lost to violence, and a painting.
Organizers say the vision of the project is to celebrate the lives of those lost as a result of violence on the city's east side. Eight people are currently depicted on the mural, including 19-year-old Tony Robinson, who died less than a block away from the site.
“This is really a call for people to examine the violence that's occurring in our communities systemically and with police in many cases,” said Kelty Carew, an artist of the mural. “The people who died here were killed by police and personal violence. So, it's really intended to encourage reflection and collaborative work towards ending violence.”
Local artists, community members, and kids at the Madison Children's Museum helped put the mural together. Organizers say the mural isn't completely finished yet, but they felt enough of it was done to celebrate its installation.