David Ellis paints a mural on the Pearl Street Triangle

Street art: Painter turns pedestrian plaza into mural

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First the Pearl Street Triangle went green — now it’s going to the art scene.

The wedge-shaped public space at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge is the site of a new mural, which was painted over five days and documented from above for a stop-motion video.

Artist David Ellis is known for his “motion paintings,” which show large improvised public pieces coming to fruition — but this mural is more than a pretty picture.

The colorful work was partly inspired by Ground Zero, with imagery evoking the sentiment that “we can pull ourselves up,” Ellis told the New York Post.

The painting, titled “PST,” shows a figure with a helpless look on his face who is being lifted up by two giant hands.

DUMBO boosters say it will bring life to the pedestrian plaza.

“Ellis’ piece is transformative — from green painted space to a truly unique street art experience,” said Alexandria Sica, executive director of the DUMBO Improvement District. “ ‘PST’ will serve as inspiration while we plan for the permanent design of the plaza this summer.”

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Duff from Columbia Heights says:
Is this a tribute to the Scranton strangler? Or maybe it's my schlepin' eye. Anyhoo gotta love diversity.
July 2, 2012, 8:42 am

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