PUBLIC ART COMMUNITY MURALS + STREET ART
Moulin Rouge! The Musical + Groundswell + AIM Innovations Inc., "LOVE" murals, Sept 2021
115-62 Sutphin Blvd, South Jamaica (Queens), NY. Acrylic, approx 300 sq ft. Lead Artist: Julia Cocuzza. #groundswellnyc
About the design: In a unique collaboration with the Broadway show Moulin Rouge! The Musical and arts non-profit AIM Innovation, this mural was created by and for the South Jamaica community and is about love in its many forms. It centers on the “first love” between mother and infant, then ripples outward into love of family, friendship, romantic love, community, and love of the arts. For more, check out this fabulous video produced by Moulin Rouge! The Musical about this community mural initiative. Also catch my 1-minute time-lapse video painting in the studio.
ArtBridge + Oficina Design, "A Fresh Start" Sept 2021
Private location, Queens, NY. Acrylic, approx 150 sq ft. Lead Artist: Julia Cocuzza. #artbridge
About the design: In a unique collaboration with ArtBridge, Oficina Design, and additional silent stakeholders, this mural was designed for and with residents of domestic violence shelters in New York City. Project included in-person community art workshops with mothers and children of all ages in Summer 2021, centering around themes of rebirth, transformation, and family. Check out my 45-second time-lapse video of the painting process.
Alliance for Coney Island, "LAST STOP" July 2021
1511 Mermaid Ave, Brooklyn, NY. spray paint on metal gate, approx 100 sq ft. Lead Artist: Julia Cocuzza. #coneyislandfun
About the design: Part of recent “Coney Island For Everyone,” this is one of five murals painted in Coney Island in an effort to beautify and support the Coney Island community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A ode to the Stillwell Ave, where the subway hits the ocean.
NY Philharmonic + Groundswell, "BANDWAGON 2" May 2021
Temporary installations in May 2021: Domino Park (Brooklyn), Marcus Garvey Park (Harlem), and Father Giagante Plaza (Bronx). Acrylic on polytab, two murals, 11x11 ft each. Artist: Julia Cocuzza. #nyphilbandwagon
About the design: Commissioned by NY Philharmonic in partnership with Groundswell for the 2021 NY Phil Bandwagon 2, a four-week traveling festival across four boroughs. Design was conceptualized in partnership with NY Phil's community partners including National Black Theater, El Puente (BK), Casita Maria (BX), Flushing Town Hall, and A Better Jamaica. This design celebrates the resilient healing power of spring, music, and our community.
Alliance for Coney Island, "CONEY (KEEP SPINNING)" Sept 2020
Mermaid Ave and West 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Acrylic on cement, approx 250 sq ft. Lead Artist: Julia Cocuzza. #coneyislandfun
About the design: Part of recent “People’s Playground Mural Project,” this is one of five murals painted in Coney Island in an effort to beautify and support the Coney Island community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Design includes a central abstract globe, two figures, and the Coney icons Wonder Wheel and Cyclone. Design captures shared, choppy, global experience of the pandemic and Coney Island.
Berks Arts, BARTA, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, + City of Reading, "LOVE LIFE" August 2020
Penn Square, 5th + Penn Streets, Reading, PA. Acrylic on Polytab, approx 20 sq ft. Lead Artist: Julia Cocuzza.
About the design: Part of the recent project “Art for Hope, Healing, and Community Unity,” this is one of eight murals installed in downtown Reading this summer in an effort to promote positivity to the community and help beautiful the downtown district. The message is simple, declarative, and encouraging: Love Life.
Groundswell + Ali Forney Center, "EARTH FIRE AIR WATER" August 2020
NYC (private residence). Acrylic on concrete, approx 200 sq ft. Lead Artist: Julia Cocuzza. #groundswellnyc
About the design: Created for the new Bea Arthur Garden at the Ali Forney Center, a non-profit that provides housing and other services for homeless LGBTQ youth. During the remote community engagement session, staff and residents indicated they wanted nature and non-figurative subject matter. They had a strong interest in astrology, zen, flowers, and natural elements of all forms. This design is structured by the four elements (earth, fire, air, and water) and the flowers, wildlife, and zodiac signs associated with each. Painted in two days, including one community paint day with residents, staff, and stakeholders.
"DEARLY BELOVED" March 2020
604 Pacific Street at 5th Avenue, gate across the street from Barclays Center. Spray paint on gate, approx 100 sq ft. Lead Artist: Julia Cocuzza.
About the design: Quick and simple portrait of the one and only Prince.
Centre-Fuge Public Art Project (CYCLE 21), "MEMOREX MEMORY" August 2016
East 1st St & First Ave, acrylic on corregated wall, approximately 150 sq ft. Lead Artist: Julia Cocuzza
About the design: Street art celebration of the cassette culture that raised me!