Beauty Among The Ashes: Man paints mural on charred fireplace in Paradise
PARADISE, Calif. —
Finding beauty in the ashes; that's exactly what Shane Edwards and his friend Shane Grammar did after Edwards lost his home to the Camp Fire that ignited in Butte County on November 8.
Edwards lived on Clark Road in Paradise and lost everything in the Camp Fire. He doesn't have insurance but through it all he says he continues to have faith. Over 19,000 structures were destroyed by the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history.
"I have a friend named Shane Grammar that I've known for several years and he is a great artist. He saw some photos that I posted on Facebook of my home and he contacted me about painting something on my fireplace to symbolize that there is still beauty among ashes," Edwards said.
Edwards says he and his friend Grammar are men of faith. Grammar got inspiration for the mural from a scripture in the Bible, Isiah 61 3-4, "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolation's, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolation's of many generations."
The mural on Edwards fireplace is of a beautiful woman, to symbolize that there is still beauty from ashes. The bottom right corner of the fireplace has 'Isiah 61: 3-4' written on it.
Grammar traveled from Los Angeles to Paradise to paint the mural on his friend Edwards fireplace on December 31. It took him approximately two hours to complete. It can be seen if you are driving up Clark Road in Paradise.
"We thought it would be something great to give people a little hope because there's so much destruction everywhere," Edwards said. "I live on Clark Road and as you're driving up it, the mural stands out," added Edwards.
Edwards isn't sure if he wants to rebuild in Paradise at this time but he says he is holding onto faith and admiring the beauty among the ashes as the Town of Paradise starts to rebuild and recover from all the loss.
Edwards says his friend Grammar is interested in painting more murals in Paradise.