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If a person’s hands offer a key to understanding their story, then Sacramento’s Wide Open Walls offers locals and art lovers alike a chance to see what our city’s story is all about. Such is the case for local artist Bryan Valenzuela, (more of his work: here) whose mural depicts a fissure in culture and a literal tug of war.

Two pairs of hands pull at a fraying rope, wearing it down to its last threads. Within the hands, he’s painstakingly written lines of text, a marker of Jean Michel Basquait’s influence. He describes these words as “aspirational and coming from a positive frame of mind.” He hopes the mural creates and opens up a place for discussion within the community. Keeping true to this message, Bryan is excited for all of the murals and sees the festival—and his artwork—as pieces for humanity at large. 

Which artists are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! 

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