Here in Santa Rosa, the power of public art stands tall.  Thanks in no small part to the passionate support of the community and the creatives who live here,Santa Rosa is an evolving a city of art that seems to spring from the powerful passions and vibrant imaginations of our residents.

Want a recent example? Dig this incredible mural that appeared just a few weeks ago in Roseland.

Inclined to paint and always looking for ways to activate their world, Roseland residents and mural artists MJ Lindo Lawyer and her husband Joshua Lawyer set out six months ago to change the face of their neighborhood with a head-turning mural. A unique twist on the David and Goliath motif, the piece represents, for them, a giant interpretation of Good vs. Evil.

Designed by Joshua and painted by Joshua, MJ and their friend Hepos, the mural, funded by MidPen Housing and Artstart, lives on a 60′ x 22′ wall on the outside of the Roseland Hardware building, in the cultural hub of Sebastopol Rd.

The building, owned by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, is slated for demolition in a year or two as they plan to build-out downtown Roseland. When asked about the building’s impending demise, MJ said, “It is a bummer that it won’t last forever but, for now, we wanted to create something that we could see every day.”

You can see it every day, too, while it lasts. Follow their growing collection and swing by their other mural on Santa Rosa Ave. at the Groth motor site, cuz that one is there to stay.