On Sunday, November 1st, the community of Apopka gathered safely to celebrate the completed project of the historic Apopka mural, “Labor of Love.” Local residents had been working tirelessly on the project for over a year, and were finally able to unveil their labor to the community.
The mural, which is located on the western side wall of the Big Potato Foundation in Apopka, depicts various scenes of the day-to-day life that older residents remember. Interviews were conducted with long-time Apopka residents to hear their stories on the history of their town. QR codes were incorporated into the mural so that when onlookers scan the codes with their smart devices, they will be able to listen to the oral histories themselves.Head artist Linda Lee addressed the audience, discussing what the project meant to her. She wanted to create something that would last, something that could stand in to tell the stories of Apopka long after its original residents had moved on. “This mural is a legacy of hope for me,” she says. Lee believes that it is important for the younger generations to learn their history, to know their roots. She wants Apopkans to be proud of their hometown, and to want to work on the community together. In fact, that’s why she chose to name the mural what she did. “We cannot be selfish in this world,” Lee states. “‘Labor of Love’ means we need to pour out the love towards each other.”
Funding for the mural was through the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and through generous donors who donated to our Ioby online fundraiser.