Binocular Wall

Lens of Love, Dignity & Respect

"We exist to love and serve" | This was true in 1993 and is still true 25 years later. These simple words describe not what we do, but why we do it. "We exist to Love and Serve our Clients, Associates and Community." The 10'-9" x 17'-4" mural running along the Old Pineville Road side of our building is our way to inspire others to live a life focused on love. The inspiration for the mural came from the Wynwood community in Miami, Florida that embraces art in an effort to positively impact the community.

True love manifests itself through treating one another with love, dignity and respect. We are a diverse group of individuals from different backgrounds and we must challenge ourselves and those around us to take time to look through someone else's lens. Only by seeing the world through the perspective of another can we gain compassion and empathy for our fellow man.

"The lens we look through will determine what we see" - Renee Swope

The Mural is filled with many artistic gems to tell our story.

  • Faces of all backgrounds were included to reflect the diversity of our city and world. Each figure is painted in grayscale to convey our skin is ultimately superficial.
  • The background contains bold and exuberant colors that contrast with the monotone figures to convey that the figures, by looking through these lenses, are able to see the world and all of God's creation as it is - bold, beautiful, and not belonging to only one person or group of people.
  • Three dimensional binoculars house a one way mirror positioned at different angles to give a different perspective whether you are walking down the street, driving, or riding the light rail.
  • CBI selected two scripture verses to include in the wall.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:31 | So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (NIV)
  • Psalm 82:2-4 | 2 How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? 3 Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. (NIV)
  • The background incorporates the shape created by the molecular structure for empathy.
  • In the center of the mural there is an "origami dove" as a symbol of peace and harmony to bring the focus to the center of the composition so that the viewer can once again be reminded that love, peace and harmony with their fellow man is the most important thing.
  • As the mural wraps to the side of the building it incorporates the words "We Exist to Love & Serve" challenging all to love and serve.

A special thank you to all those who collaborated on this project; long-time architecture partner Gensler, who developed an initial art concept, Local Impact Consultant Jenny Vallimont, who helped seek submissions for a partnership with local artists, and the artist Osiris Rain and his amazing team who through his styles, creativity and perspective brought this piece to life.