Benjamin Swatez says he has traveled the world the last 13 years creating murals.
Before heading to Africa for another artistic trip -the Almeda Fire hit southern Oregon.
Swatez says he saw the burnt van and knew he needed to bring creativity to the devastating scene.
“There’s a time and a place and it’s now, to bring some light and shift that destruction back into creativity. That van, to me, was glowing,” said Swatez.
Swatez says the mural took about 6.5 hours to paint.
He says the owner of the sprinter van worked with him to cut the mural off of the van before it was towed away.
Swatez says the owner donated the mural to the City of Phoenix.
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