One of those artists is the Big Apple’s Mason Eve, who created two colorful murals that pay tribute to Queens and The Bronx.
“For me, New York City is inspiring because of all the different communities that make it what it is,” explained Eve. “It’s a vibrant, eclectic, art-filled space that is always shifting while still staying true to its core. And I wanted to capture the electric energy that fuels me as an artist in my designs.”
The Bronx mural is located at Webster Avenue and East 175th Street in Mount Hope, while the Queens mural has found a home at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and 70th Road in Forest Hills.
“I love the familiar, tight-knit vibe of the area and the architecture found throughout the neighborhood, and I wanted to capture that in the mural,” said the artist. “Forest Hills' historical association with tennis is also something that really stood out to me, so I made a point to incorporate elements to highlight that connection as well.”
For Eve, the process of creating the Captain Morgan murals from start to finish was an affirmation of the connection with communities that is at the core of her art.
“I’ve loved meeting the mothers walking by, the owners of the street stands, the painters bringing my work to life, and the people passing through the neighborhood to get to their next stop,” she said.
“We exchange a look, a conversation, an idea,” Eve continued. “These are the moments that inspire me.”