“I know I’m going to be back here for quite some time,” says former student Jessica Kucinich, who’s building an art gallery in New York City’s Brooklyn neighborhood.
“But this is my first mural.”
Kucinicy graduated in 2011 from the school of architecture and design at Columbia University.
A decade later, she was commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania to create an interactive mural in the heart of the city’s City Hall.
The mural, which will be unveiled by the city on Saturday, is the brainchild of Kucenicy, who is a part of the Penn-Penn Design Academy.
The artist was inspired by a New York architectural magazine, called Artforum, which described the city as “the best place to live, work, and raise a family” and included a section on New York landmarks such as Penn Station.
Kucenich, 26, says the mural will be her last.
She’s working on a new mural for the same building she once inhabited, where she was once the cityscape.
“I want to take my legacy of art into this new space,” Kucu says.
“This is what my parents did for me, so this is what I’m doing for myself.”
The mural is expected to be completed in a matter of weeks, with the artwork on display for the public on Oct. 1.
The project is funded by the Department of Energy, the city and the American Red Cross.
The wall will be filled with paintings and sculptures of people, animals and plants.
Kucineich says the walls are “designed to make the space feel like home.”