"Rescue the World"
Mural Conservation Project
One of the oldest murals in Wheaton was painted on a wall facing Parking Lot 13 at the corner of Grandview and Ennalls Avenues. It is entitled "Rescue a Single Life and You Rescue the World" and it was painted in 2008-9 by Evergreen Montesorri School students and parents. The students and parents were inspired to create this mural after a visit to the Wheaton Rescue Squad. The project was done in coordination with the Wheaton Redevelopment Program and began with lessons about mural painting and a visit from DC muralist, Byron Peck. According to the School’s director, "students had an opportunity to beautify a spot in the heart of their community while creating a message worth sharing with the community and the world.” The mural celebrates first responders. At the time if was painted, It offered a bright spot of color looking down upon the black asphalt of a huge parking lot. The parking lot was used for community events like the Taste of Wheaton, the Spirit of Montgomery and for residents to view the 4th of July fireworks. Today, a portion of the parking lot remains, but the majority has been covered by the 15-story headquarters of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission and numerous Montgomery County offices. On the side of the new building, facing the "Rescue the World" mural, is one of the newest and largest murals in Montgomery County. The "Rescue the World" mural is painted a wall that has numerous cracks and some pieces of the mural have peeled away. The owner of the building, Leonard Greenberg, has assured Wheaton Arts Parade that if the mural can be conserved, he will guarantee that the wall's future will be protected from reconstruction for at least another five years.
The goal of conservation planning is to determine 1) if the mural can be restored, 2) what is needed to repair the wall, 3) the cost of conservation, 4) where funds can be raised, and 5) which artists are able and interested in restoring the mural. Planning is funded by the Maryland State Arts Council, "Public Art Across Maryland" Conservation Grant Program.