Book Shares the Amazing Story of the Most Remarkable Person I’ve Ever Met
In a new book called ‘The Mural Writer’ LaShelle VanHouten shares one of he most amazing stories you’ll ever read. The story is about a man who I was honored to spend time with during the las three months of his life. I can’t wait to read it.
This is one of those stories that is hard for me to share without a flood of tears. It’s the story of a remarkable man who followed the calling of God and created magnificent art in wood.
Ed created incredible wood mosaics, made from tiny diamond shaped pieces, that depict the life of Christ. He managed to do this despite the childhood illness that affected his ability to write or draw. He worked on his art while living in an abandoned schoolhouse in Michigan with no heat. He would make and sell jewelry boxes to raise money for wood and would get free meals at the Bob’s Big Boy restaurant near the building he was squatting in.
I was blessed with the opportunity to video tape an interview with Ed to hear the story from him firsthand.
In October 2009, a group of people in Evansville arranged to bring the display of Ed’s work called ‘My Father’s Love’ to a donated space in Washington Square Mall. Thousands of people came to see this remarkable work and to hear Ed’s story.
For the next couple of months, Ed spent his days sitting in a recliner greeting visitors to the exhibit. Ed was in poor health, but insisted that he be in the gallery everyday. He went home to Michigan for Christmas and passed away there on December 28, 2009.
In January 2010, we held a memorial service for Ed and I used the interviews with him to piece his story together. Watch the video below.
Also below is a video that explains Ed’s story and shows more of his work. It was produced to promote the opening of the exhibit.