Be it resolved that freedom of expression matters.
This is my contribution to the daily post weekly photo challenge – resolved.
We took the above photo of an Albuquerque mural, entitled – New Mexico Heroes. The city is absolutely chock a block full of public art – all due to one of the oldest public art programs in the US, which began in 1978 with the passage of the Art in Municipal Places Ordinance. One percent of city construction funds are set aside for the commissioning of or purchase of public art.
If you ever have a chance to visit Albuquerque you will see just how successful this program has been.
The mural banner, obscured in our photo by a beautiful tree, reads: Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, and of the Press; the right to assemble and to petition the government.
Witter Bynner is one of the three people depicted in this mural. He was an early, openly gay writer, scholar and poet. A long-time resident of Santa Fe, he lived in what is now the Inn of the Turquoise Bear.
The following is a poem by Witter Bynner. (1881 – 1968)
I lay on a dune and slept,
Sharp grasses by my head:
While armies far-off warred and wept,
I joined the earth instead . . .
Until I moved my hand
And was awake again
And shook myself out of the sand
To the cold wind of men.