"Eleven years ago, CITYarts helped the children of this New York City neighborhood respond to the tragedy of 9/11 with the creation of the mural ‘Celebrating the Heroes of Our City.’ The mural gave the children a chance to be heard, to paint their dreams of a better future. Today, this neighborhood is stronger, this park is thriving and children have brought their hopes and dreams to a renewed painting. The children actively participated in transforming their community. We want to thank Disney for being a philanthropic pillar in supporting youth creativity through the CITYarts projects."
--Tsipi Ben-Haim, Executive and Creative Director, CITYarts
Through the collaboration with New York City-based artist Yanusz Gilewicz, with community youth from the Henry and Grand Street Settlements, HS296, Disney VoluntEARS, One to World, DoSomething.org and CITYarts volunteers, transformed the original “Celebrating the Heroes” mural, which was in need of repairs, with vibrant Benjamin Moore paints into an 11,000 square foot 3D masterpiece. Over 500 volunteers worked for almost four months to bring new meaning to the art work. Benjamin Moore, a nationally known leader in the paint and coatings industry, provided the paint for this mural.
The 2002 mural honored the heroes of New York City: the firefighters, policemen, and everyday New Yorkers. Today, CITYarts’ restoration includes an updated New York City scene showing the strength of the city—and country—moving forward, painted to be viewed with Chromavision 3D glasses. A fire truck with the likeness of FDNY workers is the new 3D element. The Freedom Tower and the Twin Towers covered in flowers are all new focal points of the mural.