Local artists across Orange County in Southern California took to the streets—literally—last week to spread the message of hope and love.
City of Hope Orange County, in partnership with public health officials and local businesses, commissioned more than 70 street art installations to lift the spirits of residents. They “opened” March 2.
“It’s been a difficult year, but Orange County is resilient and strong. Our community members have stepped up and been there for one another,” Orange County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Doug Chaffee said in a news release. “Hope is evident and all around right now—in the continued commitment of our front-line heroes, researchers delivering vaccines, and our residents who remain vigilant about wearing masks and practicing social distancing. My hope is that this public art initiative serves as an appreciation for all we have accomplished.”
The artists—all of whom have been affected by cancer—created “detailed street art at least 8 feet by 8 feet,” with such simple messages as “Hope is stronger than fear” and “Love.”
“City of Hope was founded on hope and we want to share this powerful sentiment with our community,” said Annette
Walker, president of the cancer center. “Our optimism is sourced by scientific breakthroughs and we are eager to share our certainty of brighter days ahead.”