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A Colorful Black Lives Matter Mural Has Taken Over Foley Square In Downtown Manhattan

Bianca Bahamondes Bianca Bahamondes

A Colorful Black Lives Matter Mural Has Taken Over Foley Square In Downtown Manhattan

Over the weekend, a beautiful new mural was created on Centre Street in Foley Square, and the artwork is now complete.

The new Black Lives Matter mural is different from others we’ve seen pop up throughout New York, with vibrant colors and designs making up each letter. Artists Tijay Mohammed, Sophia Dawson, and Patrice Payne were commissioned to create this beautiful mural, and they and worked alongside Tats Cru, architect Jhordan Channer and urban planner Amina Hassen to bring this inspiring piece to life.

[featured image credit: @jrobertson.nyc]

The 600-foot-long mural spans the three blocks between Reade and Worth Streets and took over 35 New York-based artists to complete. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer spearheaded the project and teamed up with Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, NYC’s Public Design Commission, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and WYX Architecture to make it a reality.

Each letter is uniquely different, “acting as an acronym” as Patrice Payne says. Individually each letter makes a stand-alone statement, but collectively represent a more powerful message.

Photo Credit: Justin Garrett Moore

For the next 10 days, Centre Street will be closed to allow New Yorkers to visit and not only appreciate the significance of each letter, but also celebrate the talented BIPOC artists in our community.  

Photo Credit: Justin Garrett Moore
Photo Credit: Justin Garrett Moore
Photo Credit: Justin Garrett Moore

See also: Another Black Lives Matter mural was recently painted in Bed-Stuy.


Also published on Medium.