After painting the front interior warehouse wall white to brighten up the space for the lunch event with Noel Castellanos, was held we began to see the huge white wall as a perfect palate for a mural that could welcome and inspire all the volunteers who come to CSM. It seemed like a dream to imagine it could happen before the “summertime volunteer rush,” but God had already made a way.

Ryan Foster is a friend of CSM, a nationally recognized fine artist, a faculty member of the University of Montevallo Art Department and has formed an mural painting collective call MORII (which means: the desire to capture a fleeting moment) with current and former students. Ryan secured a grant in the spring to purchase all the needed paints and equipment for a rather large MORII mural project that was to commence after the end of the semester. But that project fell through, and MORII was able to divert the grant to our project and get started right away.

After Ryan and his artist wife, Ashley, met with Tracy and Jamie to hear how CSM is a force for change and the Gospel in Birmingham, Ryan went right to work creating designs for the 17′ high by 48′ long wall that would speak to the heart of CSM. We landed on a design that incorporates stylized clouds, reminiscent of Renaissance etchings and cloud studies. The cloud imagery speaks to our vision for transformation and desire to see the Kingdom. In a surreal fashion, two hands dripping with life reach toward each other in the foreground, becoming one in unity as they touch. A ribbon floats from above reading, “Reconciliation: To invite into friendship” and gives the observer a clue into the reason why CSM works so hard to create lasting change and authentic relationships.

This was the fifth mural completed by the group and the largest to date. Participating students include: Emalee Butler Arroyo, Krisalyn Hammond, Steven Mark Finley, Cheyanne Smith, Kyle Limerick, Joanna Edmonson, Hannah Irelan, Caity Headley, and Hunter Vroonland.

A ribbon floats from above reading, “Reconciliation: To invite into friendship” and gives the observer a clue into the reason why CSM works so hard to create lasting change and authentic relationships.

Here is a peek behind the curtain as the project got underway and was completed in four days! Please come by to see and experience our new mural. (For more information, contact judy@csmission.org or follow Morii Collective on Instagram.)