Groundswell, in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation and Majora Carter Group, is pleased to celebrate the unveiling of “A Better Bronx,” a new public mural highlighting the importance of a sustainable environment to a waterfront community.
This summer, 17 young people participating in Groundswell’s Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) collaborated with artists Adam Kidder and Jazmine Hayes to research, design and fabricate this 105-foot-wide mural. Located at the entrance to Hunts Point Riverside Park, on the side of youth development organization Rocking the Boat, “A Better Bronx” encourages sustainable industry in an area that was once home to one of the most blighted waterways in the United States.
The mural celebrates all that the community has achieved to gain access to and transform the Bronx River. The design’s focal point is a series of vignettes showing Hunts Point residents enjoying a beautiful, green park on the waterfront. The mural also provides a platform to educate the community about the many transformative transportation initiatives planned for the area, including the 2012 U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER Grant for the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market. This funding will support rail upgrades which reduce truck traffic and improve air quality at one of the world’s largest wholesale markets.
To learn more, visit www.groundswellmural.org