How this artist is creating beauty in the ashes after the Paradise fire
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How this artist is creating beauty in the ashes after the Paradise fire

Shane Grammer, left, and Shane Edwards after Grammer finished painting a mural on Edwards’s burned-out fireplace in Paradise, Calif. (Shane Grammer) In the aftermath of the deadliest fire in California history last fall, it was difficult for anyone in the mountain town of Paradise to find hope in the ashes. With at least 85 people dead and more than 80 percent of the homes in Paradise destroyed, the area resembled a war zone, said Shane Edwards, 42, who returned home to find that the only thing standing was his charred brick fireplace. “The destruction was overwhelming, everywhere you looked the story was the same,” he said. “People had lost everything.” When Edwards posted a picture of his fireplace on Facebook, one of his good friends, Shane Grammer , a Los Angeles artist, noticed it. But Grammer saw something that nobody else did: a blank canvas. Grammer, 46, asked if he could paint something on the hearth and chimney to help people see beyond the burned building, to see that people like him cared — that Paradise could be a place of beauty again. Edwards agreed, and Grammer drove up with a truck full of spray paint and spent three […]

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