“Be True,” Rockford’s LGBTQ+ Inclusive Mural, 117 S. 3rd St., north facing, by Sam Kirk, 2021 CRE8IV murals

Be True, 2021

This piece was created for the Cre8IV @gorockford Mural Festival in Rockford, IL.

The mural is a celebration of many communities, but the LGBTQ community is the central focus in this one.


Sam Kirk is a multidisciplinary artist, who explores culture and identity politics through her creations. Her artwork focuses on a variety of intersections which encompass a call to celebrate differences and enact change. Her paintings include vivid powerful images of women, members of the LGBTQIA community, and those who have historically been underrepresented. Her work celebrates these people and the journeys that have made them who they are. When creating this I was inspired by those who live life true to who they are, no filters, no limitations.

Visit iamsamkirk.com for more information!

Source: From Go Rockford’s CRE8IV webpage: https://www.gorockford.com/cre8iv/completed-murals/sam-kirk/

Jumping Joe, Inc., 603 W. State St., (west facing), by the artist called Fatherless, 2021

Source: gorockford.com

Artist called Fatherless is a collection of artists. (Source: Rockford Register Star, Aug. 5, 2021)

“Rockford,” in American Sign Language, at 509 East State Street, part of CRE8IV public art murals

On the west side of 509 East State Street, currently Social Urban Bar & Restaurant. Painted 2021 by the artist, Fatherless. Source: GoRockford

Community Sculptures – Boaz Vaadia and Hans Van de Bovenkamp

Source:  Rockford Register Star 4/20/2017


Boaz Vaadia died Feb. 25, 2017 in his home, in Manhatten, New York, of pancreatic cancer at age 65.  Additional information is available in the New York Times newspaper, www.nytimes.com, Wikipedia.com, artforum.com and more.  Isreali-American artist and sculptor, who exhibited/loaned sculptures of stacked stone here.