Photographer's Note

Sometimes there is remarkable art in unexpected places. “Reflection” is an enormous mural that sits on the side of the Westin Grand Central Hotel on East 42nd Street. Most of the mural is not visible from the street, but when you walk around to the side where the loading dock is located, you see this giant face.

This is the work of Cuban-born artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, and it was curated by Street Art for Mankind, a non-profit organization working with street artists from around the world to raise awareness on child slavery. There are several other murals in the area that are also a part of this project, but this one is the largest. It is 44 meters high, 52 meters wide, and covers 2,290 square meters. I am only showing a small portion of this work, but the entire mural, including two large flowers on either side of the boy’s face, reach all the way to the 13th floor of the hotel.

Something that makes this mural even more unique is that it contains smaller paintings within the main painting. Inside of the boy’s eyes are images of actual children rescued from child labor camps. A close-up of one eye is included as a WS.

I know the bins with trash are not very attractive, but this area is very active, and there are usually some bins or other items sitting at street level. I waited for someone to walk by, which doesn’t happen very frequently since this is a side alley, and then I captured this scene. The second WS photo is a view from the side, showing the alley and a bit more of the mural.

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Additional Photos by Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1897 W: 308 N: 4162] (14956)
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