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This mural located at 26 Ionia Ave SW, in downtown Grand Rapids, MI, joined the local landscape in 2019. The south-facing wall of the Richmond Stamp building was painted by Natalia Rak in July, 2019. Rak is a Poland-based artist that uses brightly colored paint to craft multi-story murals on the sides of buildings. Rak's subjects are predominantly larger than life situations that evoke mystery and metaphor, often using concepts or images from famous fables or stories. One of her most well-known murals, titled "The Legend of Giants," features a young girl - standing four stories tall - in vibrant traditional clothing, pouring water from a watering can. The mural incorporates a live tree that appears to be the recipient of the girl's watering efforts. "The Legend of Giants" was created in 2013 as part of the Podlaska Oktawa Kultur (Octave of Culture) International Festival of Music, Art, and Folklore in Białystok, Poland, and has been imitated and replicated many times all around the globe.
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Learn more about the UICA Exit Space Project and upcoming murals that may not yet be included in this Vamonde Adventure.
After you visit the murals outside, be sure to stop by The Galleries at UICA and see the exhibitions and works on view, inside.