The Book of Born Free

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Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Josh Sarantitis, Photo by Jack Ramsdale Reach High and You Will Go Far, by Josh Sarantitis, 20th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, Pa., 2000. “The transformative benefits of aspiration and achievement are symbolically portrayed in this mural. This mural was commissioned by a local business whose employees are active in literacy programs. The mural features an African American girl reaching for the sky, a towering tree sprouting from her up-stretched hands. The girl has roots instead of veins running through her arms. In the bottom left corner looms a small collection of more ominous images, including an abandoned car and boarded-up buildings. Symbolically the painting is a testament to the value of human aspiration, a visual homage to the notion of dreaming it and achieving it.”

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Josh Sarantitis, Photo by Jack Ramsdale

Reach High and You Will Go Far, by Josh Sarantitis, 20th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, Pa., 2000. “The transformative benefits of aspiration and achievement are symbolically portrayed in this mural. This mural was commissioned by a local business whose employees are active in literacy programs. The mural features an African American girl reaching for the sky, a towering tree sprouting from her up-stretched hands. The girl has roots instead of veins running through her arms. In the bottom left corner looms a small collection of more ominous images, including an abandoned car and boarded-up buildings. Symbolically the painting is a testament to the value of human aspiration, a visual homage to the notion of dreaming it and achieving it.”