Play Her Voice Mural 2018, Artist: Shamsia Hassani, An Afghan Artist, The 20x21 Mural Project, 2451 Willamette Street, Eugene, Oregon
Shamsia means sun, and Hassani, Afghanistan's first female street artist, shined her light in our fair city in late August. A towering image of a woman musician graces the side of the office building at 2451 Willamette Street, located across the parking lot from Capella Market. [from 20x21 website]
Play_Her_Voice_Mural_2019_artost_Shamsia_Hassani_Eugene_Oregon_20190129_135556_C19_0178.jpg

Over Parking
(1 of 10) (486 views)

Play Her Voice Mural 2018 external link
Artist: Shamsia Hassani external link
An Afghan Artist external link
The 20x21 Mural Project external link
2451 Willamette Street external link
Eugene, Oregon external link
(Date Photographed: 13:55:56 Tuesday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Saturday 9 February 2019)
© 2019 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#C19_0178


The Play Her Voice Mural was painted on the side of a commercial building that faced a customer parking lot. Although a fairly simple mural compared to others, it packs a dramatic visual wallop.


add a comment or report a mistake
Play_Her_Voice_Mural_2019_artost_Shamsia_Hassani_Eugene_Oregon_20190129_135612_C19_0179.jpg

Centerpiece
(2 of 10) (390 views)

Play Her Voice Mural 2018 external link
Artist: Shamsia Hassani external link
An Afghan Artist external link
The 20x21 Mural Project external link
2451 Willamette Street external link
Eugene, Oregon external link
(Date Photographed: 13:56:12 Tuesday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Saturday 9 February 2019)
© 2019 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#C19_0179


The centerpiece of the mural featured a woman without a mouth who played a large keytar. The idea is that women's voices are more effectively heard when spoken through art.


add a comment or report a mistake
Play_Her_Voice_Mural_2019_artost_Shamsia_Hassani_Eugene_Oregon_20190129_135625_C19_0180.jpg

Artist Signature
(3 of 10) (344 views)

Play Her Voice Mural 2018 external link
Artist: Shamsia Hassani external link
An Afghan Artist external link
The 20x21 Mural Project external link
2451 Willamette Street external link
Eugene, Oregon external link
(Date Photographed: 13:56:25 Tuesday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Saturday 9 February 2019)
© 2019 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#C19_0180


The artist's signature on the lower left featured her name in a stylized manner, the date 2018, and listed her website as www.shamsiahassani.com external link. The signature also listed the 20x21 Mural Project as #20x21EUG.


add a comment or report a mistake
Play_Her_Voice_Mural_2019_artost_Shamsia_Hassani_Eugene_Oregon_20190129_135629_C19_0181.jpg

Sand Colored
(4 of 10) (372 views)

Play Her Voice Mural 2018 external link
Artist: Shamsia Hassani external link
An Afghan Artist external link
The 20x21 Mural Project external link
2451 Willamette Street external link
Eugene, Oregon external link
(Date Photographed: 13:56:29 Tuesday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Saturday 9 February 2019)
© 2019 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#C19_0181


The buildings of an Afghan city were rendered in sand colored monotone.


add a comment or report a mistake
Play_Her_Voice_Mural_2019_artost_Shamsia_Hassani_Eugene_Oregon_20190129_135636_C19_0182.jpg

Gown And Keytar
(5 of 10) (344 views)

Play Her Voice Mural 2018 external link
Artist: Shamsia Hassani external link
An Afghan Artist external link
The 20x21 Mural Project external link
2451 Willamette Street external link
Eugene, Oregon external link
(Date Photographed: 13:56:36 Tuesday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Saturday 9 February 2019)
© 2019 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#C19_0182


The woman's gown and the body of the keytar stained the city in bright vibrant tones.


add a comment or report a mistake
Play_Her_Voice_Mural_2019_artost_Shamsia_Hassani_Eugene_Oregon_20190129_135637_C19_0183.jpg

Gold Then Brown
(6 of 10) (390 views)

Play Her Voice Mural 2018 external link
Artist: Shamsia Hassani external link
An Afghan Artist external link
The 20x21 Mural Project external link
2451 Willamette Street external link
Eugene, Oregon external link
(Date Photographed: 13:56:37 Tuesday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Saturday 9 February 2019)
© 2019 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#C19_0183


The drawn buildings were stained gold and brown by the keytar, then returned to their regular sand colored monotone.


add a comment or report a mistake
Play_Her_Voice_Mural_2019_artost_Shamsia_Hassani_Eugene_Oregon_20190129_135642_C19_0185.jpg

Keys Of The Keytar
(7 of 10) (368 views)

Play Her Voice Mural 2018 external link
Artist: Shamsia Hassani external link
An Afghan Artist external link
The 20x21 Mural Project external link
2451 Willamette Street external link
Eugene, Oregon external link
(Date Photographed: 13:56:42 Tuesday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Saturday 9 February 2019)
© 2019 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#C19_0185


The keys of the keytar sparkled in daylight as the music played.


add a comment or report a mistake
Play_Her_Voice_Mural_2019_artost_Shamsia_Hassani_Eugene_Oregon_20190129_135644_C19_0186.jpg

Musician's Face
(8 of 10) (346 views)

Play Her Voice Mural 2018 external link
Artist: Shamsia Hassani external link
An Afghan Artist external link
The 20x21 Mural Project external link
2451 Willamette Street external link
Eugene, Oregon external link
(Date Photographed: 13:56:44 Tuesday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Saturday 9 February 2019)
© 2019 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#C19_0186


The musician's face featured the absence of a mouth. She wore a ram-style hat and high fashion glasses.


add a comment or report a mistake
Play_Her_Voice_Mural_2019_artost_Shamsia_Hassani_Eugene_Oregon_20190129_135651_C19_0187.jpg

The Frets
(9 of 10) (370 views)

Play Her Voice Mural 2018 external link
Artist: Shamsia Hassani external link
An Afghan Artist external link
The 20x21 Mural Project external link
2451 Willamette Street external link
Eugene, Oregon external link
(Date Photographed: 13:56:51 Tuesday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Saturday 9 February 2019)
© 2019 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#C19_0187


The frets on the neck of the keytar and strings hanging wildly off the tuning pegs.


add a comment or report a mistake
Play_Her_Voice_Mural_2019_artost_Shamsia_Hassani_Eugene_Oregon_20190129_135741_C19_0190.jpg

The Mural In Context
(10 of 10) (348 views)

Play Her Voice Mural 2018 external link
Artist: Shamsia Hassani external link
An Afghan Artist external link
The 20x21 Mural Project external link
2451 Willamette Street external link
Eugene, Oregon external link
(Date Photographed: 13:57:41 Tuesday 29 January 2019)
(Date Published: Saturday 9 February 2019)
© 2019 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#C19_0190


A parting shot of the mural shown in context with the foreground parking lot. Willamette Street ran past off to the left.


add a comment or report a mistake
home contact topic guide top 25 photos video writing blogs upload terms privacy