Standing in the middle of the woods I watch the process of destruction turn into new life. The sun, wind and rain break down life back into the earth from which it comes and then fresh new life springs forth from the earth. Insects and birds fall to the ground when their flight is finished and become fertilizer to grow others and the cycles continue. The coming and going of seasons tell the story of never ending rebirth. Snuggled safe in our shelters, away from the elements, we shut ourselves away from this most creative story.
This season at Nature's Home Preserve my husband Jerry & I took a break from working outside. After building our recycling permiculture systems, the time came for different, less physical projects. Then, like a fresh plant bursting forth in the spring, a new idea was born. We were hiking up Nature's Home mountain in the snow during the month of January. With water pipes frozen stiff, we searched for a spot to begin the process of defrosting. All of life lay covered by sparkling crystals of reflective clear color. Nothing moved. Then we saw them, mouse tracks in the snow. Little tracks that spoke of high energy, resilience, exploration and survival at all odds.
"We could learn from these tracks." Jerry said. "Nothing stops these mice."
During the winter Jerry had started working on a way to help market artists who have little money, yet great talent to offer. Of course, being a webmaster and programer, Jerry's idea developed into a website that link arts communities throughout the world to cultural public art murals. So the name Appalachian Mural Trail came into being.
Growing slowly but surely from the rich earth of the forests, The Appalachian Mural Trail reflects the story of never ending rebirth. Experiencing dead ends, deterioration and sudden regeneration, Appalachian Mural Trail is a story of continuous change and survival at all odds.
Appalachian Mural Trail links arts communities to the world through a "create your own personal mural art trail," drawing visitors into small towns to view the murals. Like the spokes of a wheel, it radiates a possibility for reaching a whole new world for small Appalachian & surrounding area towns.
The Appalachian Mural Trail was conceived and still grows from deep in the forests of these
mountains. With a little more fertilizer it's roots will spread throughout the world.
Try it out at www.muraltrail.com
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