Sunroop Kaur Mural Illustrates How Masks, Physical Distancing Lead to Hopeful, New Beginnings

...In Stockton, Kaur’s mural, entitled ਬਸੰਤ (Spring), celebrates the South Asian community and reminds us that masking a...

The state of California’s “Your Actions Save Lives” campaign, which provides Californians with information about how to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19, is partnering with more than 20 artists across California – including Indian American Sunroop Kaur of Stockton – to reach hard-hit communities throughout the state...

...In Stockton, Kaur’s mural, entitled ਬਸੰਤ (Spring), celebrates the South Asian community and reminds us that masking and physical distancing have helped stop the spread of COVID-19.

The mural can be viewed on the side of the JMP Restaurant Supply building at 742 E. Main St., near U.S. Highway 4.

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The mural contains Eastern influences painted within the mural, including a Mughal miniature-inspired floral border and arches that reference ancient Indian architecture. A pastel color palate and blossoms symbolize the season of spring and new beginnings, while lapis blue accents honor Kaur’s Sikh faith, the release said.

A masked man and woman depicted in the mural are separated by arches, depicting a tender moment that acknowledges both the need to maintain physical distance and the universal longing to be close to our loved ones during the pandemic, it said.

“The arches act as a window to the outside world,” Kaur said in a statement. “These ‘windows’ symbolize the light we are all working toward by continuing to wear masks and watching our distance in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19. There is hope.” 

Leveraging the power of art as a form of communication and supporting California’s arts community, the COVID-19 arts project features original works produced in a variety of mediums including performing, literary, and visual arts shared in public places throughout California...

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