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Walls with Paint: Where we live in peace

In 'Walls with Paint,' Eindhoven-based artist, photographer, and art lover Lukedaduke shares the story behind special street art in Eindhoven. This month the hopeful work on the wall of CKE made by Ukrainian refugees.

A year ago, the world was shocked by the war in Ukraine. Millions of people were forced to leave their homes in search of a safe place. Some of these people found their way to Eindhoven, where they were given a place to stay.

Together with CKE and graffiti artist Niels Bakkerus, a giant mural was created on Pastoor Petersstraat by a group of Ukrainian refugees. One thing standing out is a life-size portrait of Madonna with a child in her arms. Within the Christian faith, the Madonna represents the unconditional mother's love and guardian of the people. On her head, she is wearing a traditional Ukrainian floral wreath called a vinok. 

Next to this colorful mural of Madonna, you can read an impressive poem written by Alina Kashcha during the war. You can read it down below:

" Among the pain , losses and exhaustion

from the hell time of war

I’m begging you - stay yourself

Take care of your heart most of all

Everything will pass like a moment, furious moment

And you’ll realise that although

a life can be taken, impossible to take a soul

Only memory shines in all colours

in infinite darkness only the light has the keys

Wrap into a package of love

Pack into sincerity and add some kindness

The time isn’t just passing

Everything will be weighed

but you

Among upheavals and pressure

Just try to look into your eyes

which are so striving the victory

where we live in peace

I and you"