Hurricane Andrew swept away their homes, some children in Dade County
were so devastated that they couldn't talk about it. So, they painted!
One child painted a picture of the roof of a house falling down, with
pets still inside the rubble. "I was so glad that my pets were okay!"
reads the inscription to the drawing.
Can Build Anything" 48 foot movable mural (1992) is a collaboration among
forty-five children (ages 12-14) who were traumatized by Hurricane Andrew.
The mural visually depicts what the children heard, saw and felt before,
during and after the Hurricane.
for the reopening of Metrozoo after the Hurricane, this mural has become
a symbol of healing and hope. One participants' mother wrote a letter
saying, "...it is my observation, in comparing the recovery of my son
Eran, who participated in the mural project, with that of his twin, who
did not, Eran is much farther along in overcoming the trauma caused by
the storm than either his twin or his older brother. I feel that by expressing
pictorially what he was very reluctant to talk about, Eran and the other
art students gave a face to the faceless storm, identified their fears,
and thus confronted them and dealt with them much more effectively..."
served as a backdrop for a nationally televised Presidential Town Meeting
in Homestead, FL on Labor Day, 1993. Attended by President and Mrs. Clinton,
Labor Secretary Robert Reich and HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, the Town
Meeting was featured in its entirety on both C-Span channels and was highlighted
on CNN and the network news programs. Both the President and Mrs. Clinton
added their support for this project by signing the mural as a personal
commitment to volunteerism.
toured the Miami Youth Museum, Miami Museum of Science, the Miami-Dade
Library system, Museum of Science and Discovery in Fort Lauderdale, the
Town and County Mall, South Dade, FL., and the National Hurricane Center
in Dade County. The Points of Light Foundation displayed the mural at
its Heroes of the Hurricane event attended by Lt. Governor Buddy McKay,
Insurance Commissioner Crawford, and actor Jimmy Smits. Each Hurricane
season, the mural is displayed at the National Hurricane Center located
in South Miami.
inspirational song was written by performing artist Lanny Smith to accompany
the visual component of this mural and whenever a natural disaster occurs
in different parts of the country, this song goes out over the airwaves
as a message of support from the people in South Florida. The mural has
also been offered to help disaster victims cope with their stress.
information about this project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.