MAKING THE WISH WALL MURAL
The Wish Wall Mural was the culmination of a series of classroom lessons with fourth-graders from the Graham & Parks Alternative Public School. This section of the website documents the various stages of the Wish Wall Mural, complete with pictures of the many people who helped make it.
The Wish Wall Mural was made by asking people to write a wish on a brick and then cover it with paint. This method of painting over the wish serves to hide the wish, protect it, and help it come true—just like secrecy might help grant a birthday wish.
Written to the side of the mural is its title, the website address, and a brief description of how the mural was made. Also listed are the names of all those who contributed a wish. While there are a stunning ninety-eight names listed here, over four-hundred wishes were recorded on the Wish Wall Mural!
Step #1: Preparing the Wall
The Wish Wall Mural was first washed, sanded, and painted with both a coat of primer and a base coat of yellow paint. See who helped prepare the wall and what it looked like before the mural was painted.
Step #2: Wishing & Painting
Seventeen fourth-graders from the Graham & Parks Alternative Public School came to the wall during schooltime, each prepared with a wish for the wall. Once they recorded their wishes, people from the wider community did the same. See over one-hundred photographs of the many people who help to make the Wish Wall Mural.
Step #3: Camouflaging the Wall
Once all the wishes had been recorded, artist Kelly Sherman and friends camouflaged the wishes by making the pattern continous along the entire wall. Read about the process and see pictures of the completed Wish Wall Mural.