DOT Art presents, “Our Treasures are Within,” a mural painted within a 100-foot pedestrian tunnel at 88th Road and Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose Manor, Queens. Joel Bergner’s brightly colored narrative mural was the finishing touch of the transformation, creating an inviting corridor for pedestrians of all ages. “Our Treasures are Within” celebrates the empowerment of youth. Prior to installation, the artist hosted workshops with students from the neighboring school, St. Gregory the Great School, to develop concepts and designs for the mural. Through sketching and discussions, the students and the artist collaboratively created a mural that illustrates youth overcoming life struggles with positive influences such as education, community and creativity. In addition to working directly with the artist, students were able to paint their own details throughout the mural within the large forms.
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