Fred Gear, a 45-year-old artist who recently moved to Banning from Georgia, painted the mural “The Medicine Wheel” at the intersection of Ramsey and First streets.
It represents the four directions, the four seasons and the unity of all races in the family of mankind, according to Gear, as well as “the four stages of life, the awakening of the individual and the respect of all. those who came before us. and those who will come after.
Ceremonial drums are painted above the colors of the medicine wheel.
“They represent all the people of the world on one drum,” Gear says. “To beat a drum is to have one heart. When we understand that we are all one family, humanity can see the truth and live in harmony with each other, as well as with Heaven and Earth.
The drum and headdresses are all indigo. It is the color that represents the third eye. The one who sees beyond the physical world. We see more clearly and our words ring true when our heart is in harmony with ourselves and the “outside” world.
Gear’s design was one of the few entries approved in the Banning Street mural competition held this summer.
Gloria Totti Bell and her students at Toti’s Art Studio will paint a mural at the intersection of Ramsey Street and Alessandro Road this Friday, September 17 starting at 11 a.m., with the San Gorgonio Education Foundation holding a free chalk art competition from 2:30 a.m.
The intersection will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.