'Kingdom Is Within' // Painted for @createyrcty at Tracks Bazaar in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Since this mural is painted in the South I thought I'd put a flip on something profound and mystical Jesus said: "Lift a stone and you will see my face, break a twig and you will hear my voice. The Kingdom of Heaven is Within." In essence saying that we have the seeds of happiness and self-realization built in us as a human beings, if only we had the attention to see it and develop it. Interesting that this concept also appears in Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. Very similar to a Zen Koan.
The silo represents 'any old structure', useful yet mechanical. Sort of like us as people. We more or less all look and behave the same when looked at from a far enough vantage point. Eat, secrete,sleep and reproduce or simulate reproduction. The notes pinned to the outside of the structure represent 'notes to self' and have 5 symbols painted on them which represent some of the possible ways to gain access to a deeper understanding of the Self once contemplated and/or experienced:
1. yin/yang - balance
2. key - problem solving
3. infinity - boundlessness
4. death - the counter part to life
5. merkabah - mysticysm
The cluster of eyes represent Awareness, Playfulness and Creative Life Force.
I'll let you guys decide what the optical illusion part of the mural means.
Special thanks to Ryan Saunders and Kotis Properties!