Bowery Mural (1/3)

Graffiti murals in NYC

photo by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

76 E Houston St, New York

The Bowery Mural is a famous 70-foot painting that shows a single face among 365 hash marks, the face is that of a woman, a Turkish artist named Zehra Dogan. The powerful yet simple image was created by Banksy when the country of Turkey was torn apart by war. Dogan’s watercolor was sketched from a newspaper photograph of the Kurdish town of Nasyabin, which was destroyed after a brutal attack by the Turkish Government’s armed forces. After Dogan posted her painting on social media, she was arrested and sentenced to two years and nine months in jail. The mural concurs with her first full year in jail. This piece evokes heartbreak, a sense of belonging to the piece and a slice of history at the same time.

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