via Mission Local
Through cracks in the city’s concrete, wild plants grow. Local muralist Mona Caron has been memorializing these weeds lately – most recently on the front wall of the headquarters for local nonprofit New Door Ventures. These “international plants that cross borders” represent not giving up, Caron says; of resilience and the possibility of social transformation.
“That’s why I paint these weeds enormous,” Caron says. “I paint them giant, kind of towering over you. This puny little thing that has no monetary value, is just this thing that is growing in the sidewalk. Doing this heroic portrait of that is a way of saying, we actually all can do a lot.”
It’s the perfect metaphor for New Door, where disadvantaged young adults struggling to find work receive job skills training, education, and the support they need to thrive. The new mural, which is a collaboration between Brazilian artist Mauro Neri and Caron, captures the joyful spirit of the nonprofit’s mission – and the two artists’ shared vision.
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