Blessed Virgin Mary Church
World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Dedicate Mural Honoring the Visit of Pope Francis
With more than 2,700 people painting the mural, representing more than 100 countries,
the mural is a contender for a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™
World Meeting of Families Philadelphia, PA
(November 30, 2015)
The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015
the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
today held a Dedication Ceremony for the completed mural inspired by the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 (WMOF), and the historic visit of Pope Francis.
The vibrant public artwork, titled The Sacred Now: Faith and Family in the 21st Century,
has been on a journey unlike any mural in the world. Since the beginning of June, more than 2,700 people,
from more than 100 countries, have lovingly painted the mural,
bringing the deeply powerful work of art to life with each stroke.
In a culminating moment, Pope Francis graced the mural with his signature, an image of which can be found here in the slide show above, during the Festival of Families on Saturday, Sept. 26th.
Designed by renowned Mural Arts Program muralist Cesar Viveros, and inspired by WMOF’s theme,
“Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive", the 4,239-square-foot work is a lasting testament
to WMOF and the Papal Visit.
As Mr. Viveros shared in his artist’s statement, the mural is intended to capture the powerful impact of
“relationship, interaction, constructivism, actions, inclusion, compassion, and every moment of life that gives us the opportunity to share who we are by living this mission of love.”
In keeping with his vision, Mr. Viveros’ mural, created from 153 individual panels measuring 5’ x 5’,
was installed across three sections of the building comprising Saint Malachy School
to become the final mural. Wells Fargo & Company [NYSE: WFC]
is the sponsor of this commemorative mural.
The technique of creating mural panels individually allowed – and encouraged – community members
across the region and the world to participate in painting the mural
before it was installed on Saint Malachy School.
A series of “Paint Days,” co-sponsored by Mural Arts and the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, took place over the summer at the various locations.