Bayview has many different ethnicities, including SoutheastAsian, African American, Hispanic, and many other people.
A mural that Nancy Giffey painted is on a wall in Bayview. It is called “Bayview Magic Carpet.” It has a picture of Monona Bay. There are a lot of symbols on the mural that symbolize different ethnicities in Bayview.
There are many moons, which symbolize Native Americans. There are Japanese cranes, a moon and star that represents Islam, a dove for peace, and animals that represent nature. There is also a wheel that represents Buddhism.
Nancy Giffey told a small story: “When I was done painting the mural, I saw some Native Americans come in. They looked at the mural for a minute and then said, ‘Thank you for putting the water spirit in.’” She didn’t even know she put the water spirit in the mural. The world is full of surprises.
Many waning yellow moons
Sit in the softly lit sky
Water-spirit floats on the surface
Of the bay that’s ours
Orange tree, Osage
Hangs over the peaceful night
Majestic birds stand in tall grasses
Mythical figures circle around
Swaying, silent leaves
Whispering, but no sound comes
Watch it all, the twilight scene
Forever, as long as living things