“New Futures” mural collaboration began in mid-2019 and the location was originally planned to be at Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Production was held up due to COVID-19, and subsequently the location changed to a private building. also in Williamsburg.
GreenPoint Innovations and Li-Hill teamed up with a shared vision that a more sustainable world and future is possible if we can restore our natural ecosystems, which in turn will combat climate change, support public health, create jobs, promote food security, sustain biodiversity, and enhance global supply of natural freshwater.
Aligning with the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, and in recognition of youth and the leading role that is thrust upon them to ensure a more sustainable future, the mural incorporates imagery from a photoshoot the team had with students from Intermediate School 318. IS 318 is a long-time partner of GreenPoint, where the organization had previously produced murals in 2018 in collaboration with artists @sonnysundancer and @asvpart.
IS 318 is a public inner-city junior high school at 101 Walton Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New Yor 1 k City. Most of the school’s 1,623 students, who are sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders, are from Williamsburg. The school has 134 teachers.
“This mural shines a light on the vital role of ecosystem restoration in tackling climate change and food system instability, while also supporting natural freshwater and public health.
Ecosystems are essential for all life on Earth however human activity has significantly depleted them. In fact, the world loses enough forests to cover a football pitch every three seconds. We must focus on restoring nature. Conservation is no longer enough.
This mural is for the youth, the world they will inherit, the challenges they will face, and the leading role that is thrust upon them in ensuring a more sustainable future. With the greatest fires this world has seen on the horizon, our youth’s struggle will be for all life on this planet” street artist Li-Hill stated.
Aaron Li-Hill is a Canadian visual artist based in Brooklyn, who employs painting, illustration, stenciling, and sculptural elements within his art. With a background in graffiti and mural painting and a degree in Fine Arts, his works range from smaller multiples to enormous murals that explore industrialization, scientific breakthrough, man versus nature and information saturation.
GreenPoint Innovations began producing public ‘art plus purpose’ activations in New York City in 2016, expanding internationally in 2019 in collaboration with the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It’s GreenPoint EARTH charitable initiative serves as a collaborative creative hub to educate and inspire communities to act on climate and nature for a sustainable and prosperous future. Its mission is to raise awareness about environmental and public health impacts related to climate change and showcase eco-friendly and climate solutions. GreenPoint EARTH accepts tax-deductible donations to support its activations.
This special edition of GreenPoint EARTH with Li-Hill was made possible in large part by time and resources donated by GreenPoint Innovations and the artist, with paint materials donated by Mercury Paint. Additional support was provided by the wall owner, Mirtex, and local business, Broadway Stages.
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“New Futures” by GreenPoint EARTH x Li-Hill in Brooklyn, New York
Photo credits: pixelatedstreets (IG)