Seed to Sky
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Ruben Aguirre, Chicago, Illinois



Spray paint


Seed to Sky is a landscape abstraction inspired by the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Containing some literal symbolism (cedar trees and rapids/water), the mural also suggests the upward journey and the necessary shared resilience needed for growth and development. The potential implied by the seed is a symbol of the future. While reaching the sky is an individual challenge, getting there is often a communal effort. It’s natural to start slow, to struggle, to need the help of others, but also to adapt, thrive, and help others thrive for a collective gain. To cultivate a forest, a place to live. Not just participating as a spectator, but as an integral part of what happens around us. Immersing ourselves in nature often reminds us of our place in the world.