Painter and graffiti artist, David Choe, will reportedly make $200 million for a mural he painted seven years ago. Did Choe paint the next Mona Lisa? Not exactly. In 2005, Choe was asked to create a mural for the first Facebook office in Palo Alto, California. Choe was given two options for payment:
1) Get paid a few thousand dollars on the spot, OR
2) Take his payment in Facebook stock.
Luckily for Choe, he picked the stock, which is now worth about $200 million. Not a bad payment for a mural.
Perhaps the most ironic thing about Choe’s painting is that when he was interviewed by the New York Times, he revealed that at the time he painted the mural for Facebook, he thought it was a “pointless and ridiculous” company.
Most people will never see Choe’s mural in the offices of Facebook.; however, there is one mural we can see every day and its free. The Psalmist looked in the sky one day at God’s painting and said, chapter 8: 1LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. 2Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 5You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!