The Amber Band started the year by looking at the things we value, setting hopes and dreams for the year, and writing a group agreement to help us achieve our hopes and dreams. The band decided to publish that agreement in the form of a mural. Here is their artists’ statement for the mural:
The Amber Band mural was inspired off of our group agreements. The first panel symbolizes self. It depicts a picture of people skydiving off of a crane into the water. It also depicts a small boat with a big wave in front of it, under the boat there is a sea monster (Probably referring to the Loch Ness Monster). We had an interview with the designer of the mural (Felix Milionis), here is what Felix said when asked what the different parts of the panel mean: “I think that the skydiving people symbolize doing things that you want to do, taking control of your actions, and respecting yourself. The monster under the water was just for fun.” Felix didn’t specify what the boat meant, but I think it means that you should be aware of your surroundings at all times.
The middle/second panel symbolizes self and others and depicts a high-five with the word respect emanating from it. The Amber Band agreements “Treat others the way they want to be treated”, “Respect materials”, “Respect others”, and “Be nice” are represented by this. The designer Felix Milionis said that he chose a high-five because, “A high-five needs two people, so it represents teamwork. In a team, you treat everyone else as equal, which requires respect.”
The third panel symbolizes using materials wisely. The big boat is there because it was under attack, and the people had to use materials wisely to survive. The kraken has tentacles that symbolizes different things. The people that were climbing up the rope were doing it to get off the boat because they are under attack, and they are using materials wisely, and the person on the boat is on the boat using materials wisely to fight the kraken.