I had the great privilege of painting a little mural in the beautiful Katherine Hepburn Garden at 47th Street and 1st Avenue. A walk one Saturday morning with my dog and my mother turned into a chance to tour this gem of a garden for the first time. Since dogs are not allowed in the garden, I had walked past it for a couple years, admiring it from the other side of the hydrangea border and flowing fountains. With my mother agreeing to stay with the dog, I finally had a chance to explore this “secret garden.” Along the path I met the friendly garden director who told me of the plan for a “Fairy Garden” with a mural for children. She directed my attention to a little circle of newly sawn stumps, waiting for visiting children to assemble. Beyond, a rusty electrical cabinet attached to the garden shed begged for a touch of new life, and the opportunity to delight and inspire others — children and adults alike. I am very grateful to the wonderful Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza for giving me the opportunity to take part in making our neighborhood a more beautiful place!
This post is still under construction with a few improvements planned, even as the mural is fenced off during the construction of the United Arab Emirates building next to the garden on 46th Street. I finished the mural the day before the fence was scheduled to go up and it will not be accessible until the of spring 2019. But for now, if you visit the Plaza you can view it through the fence. Next spring get up close and find all the NY native critters, bees and the baby birds hidden in the mural.
Check out the “Before” pictures and pictures of my family crew towards the very end of this post.
Thanks for visiting!