A vibrant mural depicting Filipino culture and heritage is now displayed in Downtown Jacksonville.
Grace Bio, the artist of the mural titled ‘The Roots That Ground Us,’ is a Filipino American whose goal was to highlight her culture in the piece, ABS-CBN reports.
“The Jessie Ball duPont Center is actually a very important building. It’s very historical and it’s always been the center point of a lot of community events… So this is the perfect place for it,” Bio told ABS-CBN.
Bio is inspired by her culture and her pieces usually depict urban Philippine culture.
Bio was born in Key West, Florida and traveled widely with her Navy family before settling in Jacksonville.
“All the figures on this mural are all fictional except for my parents and my niece. The largest woman is my mother and the little girl is my niece and the man in my carabao is my Dad.” She said to ABS-CBN. “My mother holding onto my niece represents the passing down of knowledge and traditions to make sure it passes down to future generations. And my father as well as the woman that is a fictional person, they represent the roots of the Philippines which is our agriculture.”
Bio said she credits her elementary school teacher for teaching and inspiring her to become an artist. In the past, she had pieces displayed in Washington DC and New York.
Bio’s mural is a form of positive representation for Asian Americans who have been grappling with a rise in anti-Asian hate throughout the country. Just last week, a Florida woman was charged with assault in the third degree as a hate crime for pepper-spraying Asian women in New York City, FOX 35 reports.
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