The community comes together to unveil the "Tree of Life" mural.
The "Tree of Life" takes root.
Thomas came up with the overall theme of the mural after diving into the community’s stories and history. It’s a progressive painting told through the days of the week. The “Tree of Life” ties the mural together, symbolizing a connection between generations.
The lead artists collaborated with students from Creative Waco and Waco ISD’s ARTPrenticeship program to actually paint the mural. The program gives artistic students a chance to contribute to art installations like the “Tree of Life” mural.
The massive painting covers the entire Southwest wall of TFNB’s East Waco location. The bank opened this location only a few months ago. It’s the first bank on the East side of the Brazos in more than 100 years.
“It’s important to us to honor the culture and the history of East Waco,” said President and CEO of TFNB, David Littlewood. “We hope this piece of public art will inspire generations of Wacoans.”
Read the Waco Tribune-Herald piece that goes into more depth about the mural’s meaning and significance.
Tree of Life mural unveiling on KWTX
KWTX onsite giving a broader audience the chance to see the beautiful work put into this piece.
Students premiere documentary
Creative Waco’s ARTprenticeship program also created a documentary showing the mural’s progress and importance to the community. This was the first time Creative Waco has attempted a documentary to accompany one of its murals. Andreas Zaloumis mentored the team of Waco ISD students.
Take a look at these pictures captured from the unveiling.