Manhattan’s financial district isn’t widely known for being particularly beautiful – many parts of it remain a messy construction site – but it’s getting a bit brighter thanks to a new crop of vibrant murals at the World Trade Center. Organized by Silverstein Properties in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the mural project is an interpretation of sorts of a similar venture by Silverstein a few years back, where they invited street artists to take over an office floor at 4 World Trade. “It was a private office space, so unfortunately we couldn’t bring the public up to see the work. But these are street artists, and their work deserves to be seen by as many people as possible,” said Doug Smith, owner of World Trade Gallery and curator of the mural project.
To brighten up the space, Smith called upon artists Todd Gray, Hektad, BoogieRez, Stickymonger, and husband-and-wife duo Chinon Maria and Sebastian Mitre to leave their mark on the World Trade Center’s campus . Three World Trade Center opens next week, and in anticipation, Silverstein Properties realized that the large metal structure that houses the building’s cooling and operating equipment was something of an eyesore, but also, an opportunity. Soon, the artists from around the world were laying down tarp, climbing aboard scissor lifts, and splashing the structure with color and personality.
Artist Todd Gray’s Pop Art–inspired mural.