Hell’s Kitchen Mural Project is a ‘Commons’ Cause

February 10, 2016 | by TRAVIS STEWART, Chelsea Now

The images may be faded, but the message endures — and it’s one that Hell’s Kitchen needs now more than ever.

Created by artist Arnold Belkin (1930-1992) in the heroic socialist tradition of Mexican muralists such as Diego Rivera, “Against Domestic Colonialism” depicts working class community members, shoulder to shoulder, fighting eviction and exploitation by wealthy overlords. Over four decades after its 1972 unveiling, the work is in disrepair — and a group of neighborhood residents have made it their number one priority to fix the wall and recreate the mural, which looms large inside of Mathews-Palmer Playground (btw. W. 45th & W. 46th Sts., and Ninth & 10th Aves.). Click here to read more.

Hell’s Kitchen Mural Restoration is the Right Kind of Urban Renewal

June 17, 2015 | BY ZACH WILLIAMS, Chelsea Now

The solemn expressions of a proud and proactive proletariat hide behind the grime acquired during 43 years nestled in Hell’s Kitchen.

A casual observer would likely not notice the faded slogan within “Against Domestic Colonialism” which graces a W. 46th St. building adjacent to Matthews-Palmer Playground (btw. Ninth & 10th Aves.). Bare bricks replaced the faces of defiant work people years ago. Chipping and faded paint make it not so obvious that “We the people demand control of our communities,” reads an area of the mural. The top third of the painting was covered by stucco. Click here to read more.

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