This is My Olympia: Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural

>> Thursday, May 19, 2011

Each day I get off the bus downtown, I walk by an amazing piece of street art.  Truly, it is beautiful.  It is the Olympia-Rafa Solidarity Mural.

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According to their website, the project began in 2006 (do y'all remember walking by it in transition all these years?!?) and included over 150 participants, spanning the globe, from here in Olympia, to Rafah, Palestine.  You may be familiar with two of the major sponsors of the project; the Rachel Corrie Foundation, and the International Trauma Treatment Program.  (I have a personal connection with the ITTP via my last program at Evergreen.  Dr John Van Eenwyk, a faculty member of the program, is a Jungian Analyst that spoke to our program about archetypes.  He is one of the only Jungian Analysts (if not the only one) in Olympia.)

I highly encourage everyone to go to the mural's website; there is fascinating information there, along with images showing the many stages of the mural.    One section discusses the importance of the three major symbols underlying the mural:  the wave, the olive tree,  and the wall.
Here's a snippet from the website about the importance of the olive tree:
The Israeli occupation has specifically targeted this plant due to its symbol of identity for Palestinians and its economic benefits. Since the second Intifada, more than half a million olive trees have been uprooted from Palestinian lands. Palestinian resistance or sumoodmeans Palestinians producing olive oil although the occupation limits their movement and forbids them from reaching their lands. “Sumood” is Palestinians producing olive oil although the racist Apartheid Wall prevents farmers from harvesting their olives and uproots trees anywhere near it.

You can read the full article here.

Here are some more pictures of some of my favorite parts.  (One more plug to visit the website; you can click on each part of the mural to learn more about it.)

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You can read more about the project at  It's such an amazing piece of political art, and I'm glad it's home is in Olympia.  I'm proud to call Olympia my home.  


impossibleprincess June 10, 2011 at 9:54 AM  

i do remember, all the years of transition!! i never thought about it much, but i always stared at it out the window of the bus in that sort of bored way of noticing things. it is beautiful!! i love murals, and graffiti, and any time somebody adds their voice (air quotes around voice). i love YOU, I AM!!!!! and your sweet sweet baby. i hope you guys visit me today <3

I AM June 10, 2011 at 8:58 PM  

I love YOU and wish we'd have been able to visit you today too <3 Next time!

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