Between the Mountains and the Water 山水之間
This mural is inspired by the beautiful and rich history of the Chinese silk landscape paintings, considered by many to be the highest form of painting. Striking and bold in its large scale, it gives a contemporary feel to an age-old tradition. The reflective gold background sparkles with light as the sun moves across its surface, breathing new life into every changing moment.
With a loving reverence for the natural world, this image is full of meaningful symbolism: the towering evergreen trees and elegant cranes are symbols of longevity; the flowers are symbols of purity and perseverance; and the birds are symbols of change and togetherness.
According to the Analects, a benevolent person finds pleasure with the quiet mountains and a wise person finds pleasure with lively waters. We may surely enjoy both the mountains and the waters. And between them, there is always the balance of movements and stability.
It is the artist's hope that this mural will be a reminder to its viewers of the serene and tranquil enjoyment nature provides for us.
Lead Artist: Anna Murphy @annapmurphy
Medium: acrylic paint
Commissioned by: Ping Tom Memorial Park Advisory Council and Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community
Major funding from The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust
Special Thanks: Chester Chow, Chicago Park District and Chicago Dept. of Transportation
September 7, 2019 © 2019