Brave Art: The Bully Project Mural
The global anti-bullying movement is gaining momentum as more and more artists contribute their work to a stunning digital mosaic with a powerful message: You are not alone.
CHANGING THE WORLD, SQUARE BY SQUARE
“We wanted to have a variety of mediums and points of view” for the original mosaic, explains Adobe senior art director Cindy Yep, whose team recruited the artists for the original 16 squares and curated their work. “We looked for artists who had tackled this subject before, and then for who just had amazing work. All the artists we chose were touched by [the film Bully] and wanted to contribute something from their heart.”
As the team pieced together the artists’ squares, they saw a common theme emerging from the different depictions and diverse points of view. The unifying message is, says Yep, “There is hope for people in this situation…and if we stand together, these kids don’t have to feel alone.”
GETTING ON THE ANTI-BULLY BUS
And so the mosaic grows, as new artists add their images and stories to the digital mural. “Our hope is that this will be a living piece of art that lives on and continues to populate,” says Yep.
Hirsch looks forward to the future of the mural. “In our grandest dreams, years from now, there will be hundreds of thousands of unique pieces of art and expression that will become part of this tapestry of people’s responses,” he says. “I see pain, I see hope—I see this incredible expression of an experience put into a creative form.”
From left to right: Ian Quhachi’s Please Don’t Hurt Me, Brooke Lehman’s Anti-Bully Poster, Flora Borsi’s Into Ashes
Yep sums up her reasons for calling artists to be part of the mosaic by recounting her own experience of viewing the Bully documentary, particularly her feelings while watching the heartbreaking scene in which Alex, an Iowa 7th grader with Asperger syndrome, is brutalized by his schoolmates on a school bus. “I was crying my eyes out,” says Yep. “I just wanted to get on this bus with this kid and protect him from the horror he was experiencing. And then I realized that working on the Bully Project Mural was my way of getting on that bus.”
Other artists can get on that bus, too. Learn how you can share your story, at the Bully Project Mural site.