Stations of the Wilderness Mural

About the Mural

Our theme is wilderness, and we are working on painting five scenes based on these passages:

  • Exodus 3 (Moses encountering God’s presence in the burning bush in the wilderness)
  • Isaiah 35:1-2 (“the wilderness and the dry land shall be glad”)
  • Psalm 55:6-8 (“the dove finds rest and lodges in the wilderness”)
  • Exodus 13 and Psalm 68 (the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire that goes before and after the Israelites as they travel through the wilderness), and
  • Mark 1:12-13 (Jesus in the wilderness with the angels and wild beasts).

About the Artist

Jenny Campbell is an artist and Episcopal youth minister in Austin, Texas. Jenny received degrees in printmaking and Spanish (University of Virginia, 2016) before joining St. David’s staff in August 2016. A lifetime lover of playfulness and whimsy, Jenny enjoys beginning with observational drawing then letting her imagination fill in the rest. “Stations of the Wilderness” is her first mural and largest scale creation. She hopes to continue creating public works and becoming more involved with the Austin art scene. Instagram: @jennycampbellart

Mural by the numbers

  • 470 square feet (70 feet wide, 7 feet tall)
  • 5 wilderness scenes from the Bible
  • 6 weeks of socially-distanced painting shifts
  • 7-81: age range of volunteers
  • 13.25 gallons of paint
  • 74 staff and volunteers
  • 75+ hours of research, preparation, and painting
  • Visit “Stations of the Wilderness” Mural

    Starting Tuesday, April 6
    Stop by St. David’s and stroll to the corner of San Jacinto and 7th Street to see the temporary mural! Share photos/videos and tag on social media #stationsofthewilderness

    Please wear your mask and stay socially-distanced from those who are not part of your household.

    On Saturday, March 27, St. David’s Episcopal Church staff and parishioners will held the final painting session for a 70-foot mural. Located on the retaining wall below the oldest building in downtown Austin, the wilderness-themed mural is temporary and will be painted over in late April.

    “Living through a pandemic is a little like living in the wilderness. We might feel alone, but like the scenes we’re painting, we’re really not. Our hope is that people will see this mural and, whatever wilderness they’re experiencing, know we’re here, St. David’s is here; and God will see us through this wilderness,” the Rev. Dr. Chuck Treadwell, rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church, said of the mural.

    This Saturday’s session, from noon to 3 p.m., is the last scheduled group painting. Jenny Campbell, mural artist and director of youth ministry at St. David’s, will do the final touches before parishioners begin visiting the completed mural on April 6. The community is invited to experience the “Stations of the Wilderness” mural before it is painted over at the end of April.

    “After more than a year apart filled with virtual meetings, people have been eager to share a physical space and create something tangible. This mural is a concrete way to bless the St. David’s campus and connect parishioners to one another, the church building, and the downtown community,” said Campbell.

  • Stations of the Wilderness Gallery