An international group of street artists are painting murals honoring local history on several buildings in the Village of Larchmont.
The murals will be inaugurated with a ceremony at 2:00 pm Sunday, November 4 at the Larchmont train station. Visitors can then follow the course on an Art Walk to view the murals and meet the artists. The Westchester Children’s Chorus will perform.
At 4:00pm, a closing reception will be held at Larchmont’s Village Center (behind the library), with a talk by Larchmont historian, Judith Doolin Spikes.
The project was inspired by Spikes’ book “Larchmont, NY: People and Places,” according to Street Art for Mankind (SAM) co-founders and Larchmont residents Audrey and Thibault Decker.
The art is intended to capture Larchmont’s history and highlight influential past residents. Each mural will pay a tribute to some of the families and individuals that established the village, including the Palmers, pioneer farmers; the Motts, feminists, abolitionists and founders of the largest flour-milling industry of its time; and Edward Knight Collins, naval architect and shipping tycoon.
An augmented reality app, called “Behind the Wall”, will allow visitors to listen to an audio guide of the murals.
A team of international street artists from France, Mexico, Portugal, Poland and Spain will be painting the murals around town from October 29th to November 4th. The artists include BTOY – Iljin – Jo Di Bona – Kathrina Rupit – Kinmx – Victor Ash and Loic Ercolessi.
After their stop in Larchmont, the muralists will be participating in another Art for social change event from SAM at the United Nations that will involve painting murals in the Wall Street neighborhood of Manhattan.
Tickets available HERE . The event is free.
Street Art for Mankind (SAM): SAM is a 501c(3), non-profit organization working with prominent street artists from all around the world to raise awareness on child slavery through the power of art. SAM curates and produces innovative festivals, live performances, exhibitions, murals and art classes in NY and across the world. All art pieces created are for sale, and their proceeds help fund raid & rescue programs to free children from slavery. The founders of the organization, Audrey and Thibault Decker, live with their children in Larchmont.