The history of mural arts cites the use of public images in visualizing global and local challenges and triumphs. From the prehistoric cave art in Lascaux Grotttoes, France to the magnificent works of Italian Renaissance artists, murals have transformed the art world by visually conveying social values, events, and transitions of historical times. Throughout the world, artists highlight inequality, invoke change, and give a voice to the voiceless through their images. In order to determine the value and meaning of public art in global and local communities, I researched and documented murals through online and in-person visits; compiling my visual and textual findings in a digital scrapbook for publication and sharing. Through this project, I identified powerful themes evident across various murals and public images, evaluated the artists and contexts behind the creation of public images, and synthesized various modalities (visual, linguistic, and technological) to express meaning. Evaluating the mural arts led me to determine the intentionality and significance of creating these images to visualize social issues and express community needs. Though public images highlight various topics and are displayed in locations around the world, they are united by the theme of giving a voice to the voiceless.
Bates, Olivia, "Mural Arts: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless" (2016). Faculty Curated Undergraduate Works. 39.