The woman featured in this mural is actually the artist’s grandmother, an influential figure in Burr’s life. The back story of the playbill in her grandmother’s hand is that is was designed by the Grandma Eve’s husband, Burr’s grandfather, while he was a prisoner of war in the Pacific. During his confinement where the prisoners were building a railroad, he approached his captors and prosed to them the prisoners put on a play to boost morale at the camp. The play was Murder at Sea. The captors agreed, and the artist’s grandfather designed the playbill.
The person on the illustration behind the playbill is Burr’s grandfather.
Helen Burr, Grandma Eve, 2019. Acrylic and latex on stucco, 45 x 45 ft. Public art. ©Helen Burr. All rights reserved.
Of note, the mural is right next to a senior center and it’s common to see people chatting together while viewing the mural, as it reminds people of their loved ones, or a shared story.
Fun fact: This mural is painted with house paint and brushes.