Ferguson resident, Darcy Edwin explained how she came up with her painting. "The idea for The Ferguson Tree came from Ferguson Optical's sign, which read: 'Stay Strong Ferguson. We Are A Family.'
The overall point of this mural was to show that there is strength and beauty in our unity as a family. And to send hope for our community to come together through the tragedy, and mov forward and grow stronger."
Darcy painted the tree in multi-colors to signify the beauty in diversity we have in all of America. SHe chose an oak tree because it is a common tree in Ferguson, and because it symbolizes strength.
At the base, she added roots and flowers climbing upwards. "In creating a circular form, the idea of rebirth and of everything being cyclical and connected is brought to mind. Each flower is a symbol as well. The daffodil symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings; the white poppy-peace; and the iris-faith, hope, and wisdom. If there is an opportunity to help people grow and learn through the art, that's what these paintings are for."
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