In wake of the recent Carr Fire, Redding Arts is commissioning a large-scale, public mural in downtown Redding to commemorate the victims, first responders, and strength of our community during this natural disaster. As our region grieves the loss of lives, homes, and our natural surroundings, we want to memorialize what we lost and inspire our city with hope. A uniquely designed mural will help our community grieve and rebuild, while beautifying our reemerging downtown. Like the Sundial Bridge, it will also boost arts and tourism, an essential component to building a thriving downtown.
Redding Arts will be collaborating with the distinguished street artist, BKFoxx, to design and paint the mural. Her largest piece (above), “Rise Up From the Ground”, became the inspiration for this mural. Recently painted in Kyiv, Ukraine, it depicts a flower emerging from unusual soil under loving, nurturing hands. The metaphor is stunning, demonstrating the hope and beauty that can arise from unlikely circumstances.
BKFoxx’s combination of realism and metaphor is present in many of her murals. As this one suggests, beauty can come from tragedy. We would like to give Redding a similar hope – not just in thoughts or words, but in a monumental work of art for our city.
BKFoxx will design and paint her mural on a 2,000 sq. ft. wall near the intersection of Placer Street and South Market Street in downtown Redding, just around the corner from the Cascade Theater. This is one of the busiest areas of downtown, with high volumes of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. This is a strategic location because of its visibility and accessibility.
As we approach the completion of this mural, we are humbled to play a role in rebuilding our city. This is the first contemporary mural of its type and size to be commissioned in Redding, and we hope more will come. This monument will bring our city immense pride and beauty, touching and inspiring the people who call Redding home.