“New York City streets certainly have a beat of its own. It’s exhausting and overwhelming. It’s exciting and energizing. It’s unapologetically New York City. Honk Honk! Beeeeeep! Get out of my way! Putt your way through people rushing about, angry traffic jams, street performers, and all the wonderful and weird nuances and noises of New York City.“
Interactive mini-golf hole inspired by the mini-golf course's theme “NYC has the beat.” Created in a short time period using primarily recycled and found materials. Exhibited at Governor’s Island for three months, open and free for the public to play.
Building Advisor: Mark Ressl, Studio Assistant: Lewis Shore
Photo credit 3, 9, 13, 14: Victor Utama
PS 59: Harbor School Mural
Interactive harbor-themed mural at PS 59, a public elementary school on Staten Island. The school wanted a calming, but engaging floor mural that would encourage physical activity and reflect the environment and ethos of the school. We facilitated a game-making workshop with fourth-graders to better understand what activities they were interested in. I worked with three youth artists to collaboratively design and execute the final mural. Our design encompasses fish and other sea creatures that are specific to New York City’s harbor. We also facilitated a community paint day, where 40+ students, faculty, and family members helped us paint the hopscotch bubbles. The mural measures about 9500 square feet.
This mural was created through Groundswell. Mural assistants: Melody Avis, Kevin Rijo, and Gabi Balderas.
Left Brain vs. Right Brain
Volunteer Piano Artist for Sing for Hope, a non-profit that “transforms lives by bringing art to those who need it.” Artist-designed Pianos are placed in public spaces and parks for anyone and everyone to play. After three weeks on the streets, they are brought to public schools throughout the five boroughs.
My piano was inspired by play, joy, and imagination, aspiring to create something colourful for an otherwise concrete city. It was placed at the Greenbelt Nature Center in Staten Island, before its permanent home at an elementary school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Acyrlic Paint, Paper Mache, Mixed Media on Piano
Sweet Generation Mural
Sweet Generation is a non-profit bakery that provides internship oppourtunities for at-risk youth in New York City. I had the oppourtunity to work with the youth interns to collaboratively create a bright and eye-catching mural for the storefront. We researched street artists, sketched and conceptualized different ideas, and painted together. The final mural depicts the youths’ varying dreams for the future, and adjectives that they determined were important in achieving those dreams.
Photos by Jocelyn R.C.
Life's a Puzzle and Everybody Fits
Sensory mural created for PSx811, the Special Needs high school in the Bronx.
Acrylic on Wood.
Invited to do a large mural for a youth hostel in Prishtina, Kosovo. Inspired to create a joyful and imaginative piece to correspond to the fun atmosphere of the hostel. Collaboration with Jerad Kew.