Great America III

The Cost of Freedom

Virginia Beach Oceanfront, October of 2011

Great America III

The Cost of Freedom

The third GAM was my first opportunity to work in partnership with a local charity. Wounded Wear creates custom clothing and uniforms to meet the needs or soldiers and their dignity. Having learned how quickly I can paint a large mural when pushed, the descision was made to use the production of this wall as a tool to generate attention for a charitable fund-raising event. Wounded Wear more than double the results over the same event the previous year and are planning more murals to be apinted in other cities and states.

With the first Great America Mural remembering the armed forces at the beginning of the War on Terror. I chose to place the third as close as possible to signify the warʼs close. Wounded Wear and I worked together to remind the viewer that freedom is most certainly not free. There is a cost being paid by those who defend us. Those brave people are shown carrying a wounded comrade as the spirits of warriors past look on. They are silent, and only our memories keep their sacrifices alive.

Great America III “The Cost of Freedom” 2011