A few years ago I had the honor of meeting the artist Candy Chang. She was invited to my organization’s annual conference, Greenbuild, as a Master Speaker. At the conference, she also built one of her inspiring “Before I Die” walls for attendees to share their voice. Filled with our hopes and fears, the wall served as a reminder of our shared connections and a chance to contemplate life’s ultimate question.
When I heard Candy speak in her session, she said something that has stayed with me. She said, "Public spaces allow us to snap out of the routine and see the bigger picture." I love this idea, and it has inspired me to seek out public art over the years. So when I heard about the new murals at Union Market in D.C., I had to check them out. As I later learned, they were created by the street artist known as Mr. Brainwash, in honor of Let Girls Learn for International Women's Day.
I think there's something so motivational and enchanting about public art. And I love the way it takes over common spaces, inspires us to see more, and invites us to pause and connect to a place.