17 students of the program worked for four hours to produce a large mural designed by artist Russell Rainbolt. Reading “We Welcome Refugees,” the mural depicts a young refugee washing ashore. It is slated to be hung near Exit 42 of I-95 in West Haven.
“I have new family members which are my Israeli and Palestinian friends,” said Ben Yair.
According to Nicholas Porter, president and founder of JPB, the mural is an indirect interpretation of a photograph taken by New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks featuring a young Turkish boy arriving in Greece in October of 2015. Porter said that Rainbolt generalized the image of a boy wading through water to represent the vulnerability and personhood of any refugee.
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