The peacock is a representation of West African religions and cultures that are shared amongst lndigenous Africans and people of African descent. Despite the distance, we still have shared traditions. We also decided to add a swallow tailed hummingbird, which is the National bird of Jamaica.
We chose to include a traditional Malian pattern called BogolanFini. For the mural, we simplified the design and included other symbols. The pattern is typically made using colours created from earth minerals. We wanted to play with the contrast of the vibrant rainbow Zebra next to the more muted earth tone pattern. Our rainbow zebra is to show our love and support to our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters, who face many of the same hardships as BIPOC.
Our centrepiece is a Black woman. She portrays elements of identity from African, American and Caribbean culture to display the unity and strength of our cultures together. Her glasses reflect the history of Blacks in Canada.