Art is omnipresent in New York City — from the world-class museums and galleries to the subways and the streets. Murals are a common form of public street art, big, bold and often conveying a strong social message. Here, we profile seven stunning murals to see around NYC.
A mural by Icy and Sot, Destroy reflects one of the duo’s recurrent themes: violence and injustice against children. Icy and Sot are artists from Tabriz, Iran, who now reside in Brooklyn. Since 2006, they’ve been leaving their mark on the world and throughout NYC. Their murals are intended to shine a spotlight on human rights, ecological justice, and political issues. Some of their work can be found on abandoned buildings in NYC; others are exhibited in Prospect Park and in designated project spaces.
Also painted by socially conscious duo Icy and Sot, American Dream is a part of the Welling Court Mural Project, which connects writers with muralists residing in New York City. ‘American Dream is inspired by the homeless guy who was holding a Starbucks cup asking for money. There are a lot of homeless people in New York, but they are invisible in between skyscrapers. We painted him bigger than the Empire State Building so he can be noticed more.’
Spanning 500 feet between South 4th and South 3rd Street, We Walk was painted by artist Hellbent and is one of his biggest projects. Hellbent is known for his use of vibrant patterns and colors, so this mural focuses on geometric shapes, contrasting his art with the construction fence background.