Guido Van Helten latest mural in Jacksonville promotes unity, Florida 2016

Art (Re) Public Jacksonville, founded and curated by Jessica Santiago in conjunction with Iryna Kanishcheva, has invited international renowned street artists; Case Maclaim, James Reka, INO, Waone of Interesni Kazki, Kenor, CYRCLE, René Romero Schuler, Astrograff, Nico Holderbaum, Phlegm, Borondo and more.

Guido Van Helten has painted two giant silo’s titled ‘Unity’ in Jacksonville, Florida. Guido Van Helten wanted to represent the real soul of the city in the Downtown of Jacksonville and as always he found his motivation within the community and people he meets on his journey.

The two subjects were, Connell, a passionate activist and member of the Deaf speaking community and Sara, a Palestinian American. They were speaking passionately at a movement in downtown Jacksonville standing for tolerance, diversity and respect.

“Here they model not only as themselves but representative of unity, eyes fixed on the same vision at a time of increasing divide.” Guido Van Helten

 “It’s a signal of solidarity. Unity between all classes whether you are white, black, Hispanic, gay ,straight, transgender, I believe this represents an ongoing struggle in the fight for justice.” Connell

Photo credit Iryna Kanishcheva.




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