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Giant Nelson Mandela Mural Appears Overnight, Transforming White Castle Parking Lot

BOS may be over, but Bushwick never stops making art

BOS may be over, but Bushwick never stops making art. This morning, commuters walking to the subway station at Myrtle-Wyckoff were greeted with an impressive new mural of Nelson Mandela that appeared overnight on a building that borders the parking lot of the White Castle on Myrtle Avenue and Linden Street.

The mural is made of up words that, viewed from a distance, sketch out the unmistakable image of a triumphant Mandela raising an arm skyward. It was apparently done by the artist David Hollier, who has created quite a few word-based images of popular figures in a similar style. Hollier tweeted updates about his progress and posted the finished product to Instagram this morning.

Finishing touches.

A photo posted by David Hollier (@davidhollierart) on Jun 11, 2015 at 3:31am PDT

Done. #nelsonmandella #imagoverbosa Thanks Dennis O'Connor. Thanks Elvis. Thanks @whitecastle on myrtle ave. Peace and Love from Bushwick. By #davidhollier

A photo posted by David Hollier (@davidhollierart) on Jun 11, 2015 at 5:44am PDT

The words that make up the image are Mandela’s own, taken from a lecture he gave at Oxford University in 1997. Their message is a rousing call for peace and social equity. Here’s an excerpt that appears in the mural:

Can we say with confidence that it is within our reach to declare that never again shall continents, countries, or communities be reduced to the smoking battlefields of contending forces of nationality, religion, race, or language? Shall we rise to the challenge which history has put before us, of ensuring that the world’s prodigious capacity for economic growth benefits all its people and not just the powerful? Will future generations say of us: indeed they did lay the foundations for the eradication of poverty; they succeeded in establishing a new world order based on mutual respect, partnership, and equity?

The open space surrounding the mural will allow it plenty of visibility to pedestrians walking down Myrtle Avenue and riders on the elevated M-train line, giving Bushwick residents a daily dose of inspiration for, hopefully, years to come.

From Myrtle-Wychoff M train platform. #nelsonmandella

A photo posted by David Hollier (@davidhollierart) on Jun 11, 2015 at 10:27am PDT

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