DreamYard and Bronx Pro have partnered to make a mural titled Bronx Booms celebrating the Bronx and OSP’s core values.
The wall is located behind DreamYard’s new art center in the Morrisania neighborhood. The goal of the mural is to create peace and serenity, Diana explains “we want people to feel tranquil when they look at it.” Combining giant 3D flowers with Bronx based imagery the artists hope the mural will “transform the drab cinder block wall into something energetic and colorful” says Christopher.
DreamYard’s core values are Voice, Culture and Justice. Since they could not paint directly on to the wall, they began to brainstorm ideas using shapes cut out of MDO plywood. The idea of painting giant flowers came from a sketch by BAC participant, Kevin. Following that, they started sketching out central themes into the core of the flowers, some of these include vacant abandoned lots transitioning into something beautiful and the Bronx River. Kevin states “I do not want to make a cliche message that everyone has already seen before, but something special and that people can connect to.”
BAC intern Edwin Velasquez is credited with the image gallery photo’s and sketches and project participants put the story together.