New York City and Brooklyn walls are being transformed from gray to spectacular through an annual non-profit event entitled Artists Work and painted by Overall Murals. The first piece in the first year of the series is an original illustration, Rebus, created by French artist, Jules Julien.
While the mural was in progress, people spoke about what it might be and once complete the finished artwork instigated philosophical debate surrounding its possible meanings. Artists Work strives to bring contemporary art to public spaces and to those who may not have access to galleries or channels of exposure.
Nestled in the East Village on E. 3rd Street between 2nd Ave. and Bowery, the work, which is almost monochromatic but with a striking contrast of black color has brought a sense of tranquility to this diverse block. Like any average East Village street, it is made up of families, working professionals, tourists from the nearby Bowery Hotel, trendy street wear boutiques and restaurants, however, there is also a shelter and life rehabilitation facility positioned in the middle. Passersby and long time residents commented on its renewal of what was once an unremarkable sight, yet the the best part of painting was hearing how the temporary inhabitants of the center especially experienced joy from the mural. One man who was picking up the pieces in his life and in the process of moving into his own home explained how he was once an artist and felt inspired to draw again.