Erik Burke's contribution to the 2017 Street Arts Festival Mostar is a symbolic image of unity. The beautiful city of Mostar is physically and ethnically divided by the deep green and strong flowing Neretva River. Following the recent Balkan War of the early 90's the city further polarized as Catholic Croats and Muslim Bosniaks resettled on opposite sides of the river. Tensions and trauma still exist to this day. Given the opportunity to work on a grand scale, Burke crafts a minimalist mural that points toward the healing process.
The mural uses the natural material of the wall to blend into the larger block housing complex. A small line that widens into the Neretva River divides the wall into two equal sides. The sky then weaves through the two sides becoming a thick rope that appears to bind the sides back together. This symbolism speaks to the natural and unnatural geography that seeks to divide many, while no matter what, we all live under the same sky.