The mural was “intended to be visible from space through satellite imagery,” according to the website of Future History Now, one of the groups that was involved in the mural.
The group said its “effort is not intended to be a performative distraction from real policy changes, but rather a form of using peaceful and artistic means to express distress, giving a voice to those who need to be heard and to have their humanity recognized.”
Other groups involved in the project include the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture.
Chanel Compton, the executive director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, said roughly 100 volunteers helped install the mural over a four-day period. She said the message is meant to “build awareness around police brutality” and systemic racism. Compton said the groups wanted to show how public art can be used “not only to beautify a neighborhood but also build awareness.”
Several large-scale murals have been painted in major cities throughout the country to highlight social injustice, including one in downtown Washington.