First, some Lady Pink background; If you’ve seen the classic film Wild Style (1982), you’ll recognize Lady Pink as the female lead who ran with the boys as a graffiti artist in the early days of NYC art and hip hop culture. She started as a graffiti artist in high school at age 16 and later moved into the legal art world. She eventually went on to have her pieces shown in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others worldwide. As an Astoria resident, she has worked on several public art projects with students in the neighborhood and recently completed a gorgeous mural at Welling Court, (Welling Court Mural Project), off 30th Avenue.
Onto the mural - the piece was complete over a sunny weekend a couple weeks ago with 10-15 mid-level high school students from the famed high school, one senior joined the group as did a college student attending the university of Iowa. Each student designed their own piece of the puzzle while Lady Pink complied it together, making it cohesive and applying the finishing touches. The themes centers around the brick lady, a character who Pink has portrayed in past murals, after which the students add their approved design for a brilliant work of art for the community. This also helps the students receive a 60 hour community service credit, which is required by graduation. This particular project is meant to especially beautiful the city in which they reside and appreciate.
A grant for the mural is also provided by the Martin Wong Foundation of San Francisco. Wong, who passed away over a decade ago, was a well respected, prominent artist living in NYC and the west coast, he specialized in paintings, ceramics and graffiti. His 97- year old mother overseas the foundation and allocates a specific grant each year for the project.