Wall painting Brittney Griner — and 17 other Americans imprisoned in countries like Russia — were erected Wednesday in Washington, DC … all to raise awareness for Americans imprisoned abroad.
Of course Griner’s case has gotten a ton of attention, but that’s not necessarily the case for all imprisoned US citizens… and hopefully the artwork will get the word out.
Isaac CampbellThe Iowa-based artist responsible for the project spent about 8 hours assembling the 15-foot-tall mural in Georgetown before opening it to the public. A Washingtonian.
Photos provided by Bring our family home campaign.
Campbell cut and glued the photos to the wall … using flour, water and sugar to form a non-toxic, biodegradable glue with the help of inmates’ family members and passers-by. It’s expected to fade eventually… but it could take weeks, months, or longer depending on the weather.
Beyond the artwork, Campbell hopes the message behind the mural will resonate with people more than the art, so that inmates like Griner can return to the United States.
“We really need to put pressure on all people with whatever tool we can, whether it’s pasting wheat or using our own personal platforms on social media to help the pressure,” Campbell said.
“Or if you’re at any stage of government and you can offer support and start helping bring these people home.”
Other than Griner – Phoenix Mercury star ring – other Americans like Paul WhelanA US citizen and former Marine who has been detained in Russia since 2018 on drug and espionage charges.
Griner recently pleaded guilty on a drug charge… but his trial near Moscow is still ongoing (the Russian legal system is different from America’s). He face up to 10 years inside.
Griner’s next hearing is scheduled for July 26.
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