The Column / Jordan

This mural talks about our individual responsibility in society. It has opposite interpretations depending on the beholder because the same image can be oppressing or empowering people. The capital is a symbol of cultural heritage, in this image, it’s one of the Nabatean columns of Petra. The mural shows local cultural elements but it also represents issues of a global society.

The mural was censored. Before the production, we had the approval of organizers, building owners, and the municipality. On the third day of painting, calls started to come in from governmental ends about one aspect of the mural. Frantic energy started to emerge as arguments over the placement of a “stone” (the capital) on top of the Jordanian Hatta led to huge disrespect to higher governing states. Many discussions happened about changing the Hatta at this point.