Located at the corner of State and Capital in Olympia WA, this 4,000 sq.ft. interdisciplinary mural moves from the local to the global and was made possible by the collective effort of more than 200 groups and individuals from around the world.
The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project (ORSMP), a project of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice and the Art Forces Media & Arts Project was started in 2006 and completed and dedicated in 2011. It is the result of a collaborative effort of more than 150 groups and individuals–from the local to the global, from Olympia, Washington to the Americas, from Europe and Asia to Rafah, Palestine.
This multi-media project builds relationships across movements, issues, cultures, and great distances. It honors those who have lost their lives striving for liberation and seeks to strengthen and make more visible the efforts of some of the many organizations and individuals who work for justice and dare to imagine a different world.
The mural is located in Olympia, Washington, the hometown of Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer while defending the home of a Palestinian family in Gaza and tells a tale of two cities, Olympia and Rafah, linked through tragedy and resilience. It is the tale of people coming together across a wide range of borders, using advancements in technology to bridge physical and financial distance and to include the artwork of Palestinians, who are forbidden to travel.
The mural depicts a large olive tree filled with 119 leaves of organizations from around the world, and a symbolic wave breaking the Israeli Separation Barrier.