“Crayons” Mural: A Sandy Hook School Shooting Mural

Crayons Cropped

“Crayons” — a 6′ × 24′ graffiti mural by Gamma Acosta, Longmont, Colorado — has attracted “viral” internet attention as an artist’s statement about the Sandy Hook school massacre.

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Gamma Acosta - Sandy Hook

The murals that artist Gamma Acosta paints on his uncle’s vacant building are usually temporary. At some point, a fresh coat of paint turns the wall back into a blank canvas. This time, after the mural went up — one day following the Connecticut shooting — an anonymous art collector contacted Acosta about preserving the piece. In the five and a half years that Acosta has painted murals on his uncle’s building, this is the first time he’s cut out a piece, rather than painting over it.

Acosta & "Crayons"

“Crayons” is powerful… a kick in the gut… heart-wrenching… a single image capturing the horror of that day… an unforgettable expression about something we must never forget.

Reaction to the piece has been mixed. Internet discussions indicate that a great many people feel it’s shocking, vile, repulsive, inappropriate and too soon. Perhaps this is true, but that’s the point… to make sure we never forget.

The mural is a reaction to Sandy Hook, not a memorial to the victims. Inciting one to thought is its purpose, and on this it succeeds magnificently.

“The intent was to get people to think about it, and not from a political standpoint, gun control or anything like that… We can’t become complacent about this stuff or it’s not gonna stop,” the artist offered.

Crayons - Sandy Hook Mural


One response to ““Crayons” Mural: A Sandy Hook School Shooting Mural

  • Charley James

    What a remarkably powerful piece of art. Thanks for the post, and for including images.

    I do not see Mr. Acosta’s work as making a political statement at all, although there would be nothing wrong with doing so given our unholy obsession with guns. But it does make a powerful statement about the tragedy and lost innocence in a visual way that none of the news photographs from that horrid day managed to do.

    And ravo to the art collector for wanting to preserve the work.

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