Faith XLVII is an internationally-acclaimed visual artist from South Africa who is currently based in Los Angeles. Through her work, she attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories.
▼项目全景动态图，dynamic panorama of the project
《沉默的守望者》是Faith XLVII为Mural Arts Philadelphia（费城壁画运动项目）创造的一幅1.1万平方英尺的壁画，它占据了费城大学广场一栋19层建筑的整面东墙。该壁画现已成为从大学城到西费城区的视觉门户和地标。
The Silent Watcher is an 11,000 square foot mural on the eastern wall of the University Square building, which is 19 stories high. The mural has become a visual landmark and gateway from University City to West Philadelphia.
▼项目概览及周边环境，the project overview and the environment
In the words of Faith XLVII: “I come from a country that is seething with the frustration of uncontrollable violence and woman abuse, xenophobia , class and racial divide. And have moved to a country where there seems to be a fundamental crisis in the very soul of the nation. We know this ache of our lands, and we all know personal ache, everybody has their struggle to bear. And with the weight of the world on our shoulders, we must still be able to live with empathy. We must somehow keep our hearts open. “
▼壁画近景，the close shot
” The words on this wall are a reference to the City Seal of Philadelphia with calls out for brotherly love. This is no small commitment. It also references a quote ‘Optimism is a strategy for a Better Future.’ Paying tribute to Noam Chomsky who was born in Philadelphia and is 91 years old this year. The harsh experiences of life can easily make us fall into a negative world view, or inner psychological depression. But we each have the ability to transform this base metal of knowing suffering, into the gold of higher aspiration. ”
▼壁画制作过程中悬挂的巨幅标语，large slogan hung during the mural
” The name of this mural is ‘The Silent Watcher’. We can be the silent watcher, who knows, who loves and who endures.”Faith XLVII said.
▼街头视角下的壁画，the street view
▼夜幕下的壁画，the mural at night
Photos by @chopemdownfilms and @steveweinik
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