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11Sep/11

WK INTERACT: PROJECT BRAVE

WK Interact’s block-long “Project Brave” mural pays tribute to the heroes of 9/11 (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

149 Kent Ave. between North Fourth & Fifth Sts.
Through October 11
www.wkinteract.com
project brave slideshow

French-born New York City street artist WK Interact creates site-specific pieces around the world, employing his instantly recognizable striking black-and-white scenes immersed in fast-paced motion. In honor of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, WK has installed “Project Brave,” a massive 328-foot-long mural along Kent Ave. in Williamsburg, paying tribute to the heroes of that fateful day. Focusing on New York’s Bravest, the firefighter, WK has included swirling portraits of NYPD firemen in action, their faces often blurred, depicted in the midst of daring rescues. He includes references to specific equipment as well as his familiar bar codes, implying such heroism is all in a day’s work for these heroes. (One bar code says, “rescue proof of FIRST RESPONDER 9/11.”) There are also images of splattered blood, birds flying to freedom, and even a stamp honoring the Statue of Liberty’s centennial, placed next to a skull. The mural, which was made with the support of the Yonkers Fire Department, is a vibrant, stirring, inspirational celebration of how New York came together ten years ago in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

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