The Astonishing Light of Your Own Being by Elise Kyllo

They grow on treesOne day the sun admitted....Mural detailMural monkeyZombie rabbit?

Local artist Elise Kyllo led a group of more than 50 adults and children in painting this mural on the side of the Modern Window Shade Company building at 34th St. E. and Cedar Ave. S. in Minneapolis in the summer of 2007. Each participant created their own “night creature” to add to the mural. It also features an excerpt from the 14th Century poet Hafez:

“One day the sun admitted
I am just a shadow
I wish I could show you
the infinite incandescence
that has cast my brilliant image!
I wish I could show you
when you are lonely or in darkness
the astonishing light of your own being.”

“It was a pleasure to watch a graffiti-vandalized wall transformed into a community art piece,” Elise told The Neighborhood Advocate. “It was a bit like watching the northern lights or fireworks; lots of ohhs and ahhs and the feeling that I couldn’t blink because I didn’t want to miss a moment.”

You can view a collection of in-process photos from the mural project.

A year earlier Kyllo had collaborated with the community to create a mural at the Shell gas station, kitty-corner from this one.

One Response to “The Astonishing Light of Your Own Being by Elise Kyllo”

  1. Eric Says:

    Thanks for finding the story behind this mural – I love it, and I’m happy that you used my photos in the thumbnails.

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