Artists Bring Large-Scale Murals Featuring Pop Culture, Hispanic Heritage and More to New Rochelle

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — This is a work of art on an epic scale. A dozen new murals brighten the cityscape of a Westchester County town.

CBS2’s Tony Aiello has more about New Rochelle’s eye-catching colors and intriguing designs.

As the shadow of the pandemic lifts, artists are literally going to great heights to bring large-scale works to the people.

“After the last two years when New Rochelle was really the epicenter of the pandemic, it’s nice to have something joyful, something fun, something to bring the community together and create a museum in the open. air,” said Theresa Kump of the New Rochelle Council. on the Arts.

It started in 2019 with a specific fresco and seven others. This year, the outdoor gallery has grown by 12 more. One work, entitled “Always on the Move”, combines hyperrealistic and abstract elements. It’s by the Dutch artist duo known as Telmomiel.

“A bit of life in the neighborhood, it’s nice to see,” said artist Miel Krutzmann.

A mural pays tribute to the blue-collar workers who work in cities and make them work. Pop cultural references and Hispanic heritage resonate in other works.

And near the cinemas in New Roc City, a mural of King Kong spills onto the sidewalk to create an Instagram-friendly interactive illusion.

“The level of excitement people have over the art and the level of inspiration it brings is just amazing,” said Audrey Decker, curator of Street Art for Mankind.

Art for art’s sake is sufficient justification. If it draws people downtown, so much the better.

“People will come to see the murals. They will walk, they will try the shops, they will eat in a restaurant, they will have a drink and they will appreciate the art,” Decker said.

So look up. You will have your eyes full artistically.

New Rochelle organizes an “Art Walk” on Sunday, to see the murals and meet the artists. It starts at 11 a.m. at the Radisson Plaza, and it’s free.

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