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Drawing a Connection Between Street Art & Recovery

YMCA Shoot Day 2A few months ago, I wrote the post titled “Sidewalk Art” in which I suggested that the art form does not directly pertain to recovery from brain injury or adversity. The question that some people might ask is whether or not street art (or sidewalk art as it is sometimes called) indirectly pertains to recovery from brain injury and adversity in general. The answer is YES.

As I mentioned in the previous post, sidewalk art is the general term for a three-dimensional (3D) chalk drawing on a two-dimensional (2D) surface such as a sidewalk or road. You can look at street art from any angle you choose, but it will look correct when viewed from only one angle. Similarly, you can address recovery from any angle you want (positive, negative, apathetic, etc.), but viewing recovery from a positive perspective is most likely to help you see the correct path.

The following video illustrates how Tracy Lee Strum and a few associates created a 3D chalk drawing of the world’s largest mouse trap on a 2D surface.

When viewed from the wrong angle, street art is flat, distorted, and difficult to interpret.

Mouse Trap Wrong Perspective Tracy Lee Stum

However, when viewed from the correct angle, street art looks three-dimensional, beautiful, plausible, and possibly interactive.

Mouse Trap Tracy Lee Stum

If we view street art as a metaphor for recovery from life’s challenges, we can more easily understand why viewing the world from the correct (positive) perspective is more likely to produce great results than viewing the world from the wrong (negative) perspective.

The following video, which has no sound, further illustrates how Tracy Lee Stum and a few other people created another complex 3D drawing on a 2D surface.


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Thanks to Tracy Lee Stum who allowed me to share her artwork in this post; the team of people who made the art and videos possible; Google for helping me research street art; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the pictures, videos, and text in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.