From Highline Park in the Manhattan neighborhood called Chelsea, you can enjoy various murals and works of art. This one, by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra, really stands out.
Kobra has painted murals in several countries, and a few US states. He takes vintage photographs, and reworks them into modern and colorful masterpieces. This particular mural contains a scene from the famous photo "V-J Day in Times Square", by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Most people will recognize the kissing sailor and woman as they celebrate the end of WWII in 1945. V-J stands for "Victory over Japan".
The sunlight was filtering through the trees, and the colors on this mural were radiating like a giant man-made rainbow.
I've seen one other photo of this mural here on TE. It definitely makes people stop and take notice. :-)
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jcpix (6820) 2013-10-09 17:10
A burst of color?? How about an explosion of color?!! Wow, does this ever jump off the gallery pages. :) That bright, colorful and vivid mural combined with the play of sunlight and shade is a thing of beauty.
An interesting, artsy, and modern take on the timeless "V-J Day in Times Square" classic. Amazing too the size of this, it's covered the entire side of the building, and it looks like there's even another mural below. An infusion of even more life into a city that already never sleeps. :)
Great shot, and a lovely perspective to see it in all of it;s grandeur. Nicely done, this is impossible to overlook...but in a very good way! enjoy the rest of the evening. Take care.
Friendly wishes from the West,
macjake (45896) 2013-10-09 17:13
You know i'm so jealous!!
Out of all the NY attractions we experienced, the Highline was my favorite.
great photo here for obvious reasons.
and I like that you were able to include some of the classic nyc appartments on the left.
so much fun here!!
thanks for your thoughts about Scooby, its been difficult
emilbo (21565) 2013-10-09 17:43
Jolie murale où l'amour prime. Une présentation intéressante et pleine de couleurs. Chez nous aussi les murales sont à l'honneur et la ville voisine est surnommée la capitale des murales. Une belle prise qui nous montre aussi une partie de la ville en arrière-plan.
Tous mes compliments,
gervaso (9247) 2013-10-09 19:16
A really attractive composition with all these colors! A great view of this piece of art, captured with very good sharpness! Excellent job!
jadesgran (4043) 2013-10-09 22:03
Wow! That`s what you call a picture.The inclusion of the shops and people add scale.Wonderful colours. T.F.S.
SnapRJW (23998) 2013-10-09 22:10
Hello Brenda - What a super shot. I love the idea that the artist has used the Eisenstaedt image as his starting point and produced this fabulous mural. You have photographed it from a great vantage point where we can see it in all its full and glorious colour. I'd love to walk along the Highline Park .... fabulous views and a new take on the NY streets. Excellent TE contribution. Warmest regards Rosemary
kabel (1287) 2013-10-09 22:47
Hello, excellent pov for the image of the mural of an iconic American image. You have actually captured two murals including the one in the lower left corner. The colors really pop.
ifege (9913) 2013-10-09 23:01
A burst of colour indeed Brenda with the one below it also looking interesting. Great POV.
Waylim (23502) 2013-10-09 23:37
Very beautiful shot of the mural. I would love to have this painting on my wall. Maybe not as big but as colorful. Maybe I need to paint one myself. This is a second one I saw of this mural. I like you POV that focus on the colorful mural.
I think they made statue of the couple which is display in San Diego, CA.
siudzi (27877) 2013-10-10 0:07
Wow! What a fantastic street art! Love the idea and absolutely unique execution! Brilliant work as well as your capture taken from a well selected POV to show a scale and its surroundings. Excellent! TFS.
holmertz (31600) 2013-10-10 2:51
This is a fantastic painting. Just imagine how much pleasure it gives to the people passing by each day. There seems to be another interesting mural further down, although less bright. I wish Mr Kobra could come to Stockholm and do something similar on the gable of my house, instead of the ugly useless tags scribbled on it by teenagers. They cost us a lot of money to get rid of :-). A painting like this might keep the vandals away.
gojo (1573) 2013-10-10 3:17
Another great one from my "second home". I´ve walked the high line and I know the old photograph very well. Wonderful to see this combination of different pieces of art.
saxo042 (33996) 2013-10-10 6:18
A very beautiful and interesting painting and a very good photo too. Seems like there are other interesting mural paintings on this building to. A nice cityscape around.
abmdsudi (32795) 2013-10-10 7:35
Not a surprise seeing this in vibrant NYC, a fascinating artwork indeed, the excellent perspective and orientation with a little something else on the fg to convey the scale and reality. It's catchy with section of the wall is part of the mural and the exciting medley of bold colours in broad daylight add lots of liveliness to the street. You certainly succeeded in giving the impact to the shot , a well defined and very well taken, I love the shadow play too. Well done
P/S Your note is noted with thanks, Its a good ideas really on which I might consider when the time is appropriate, tx once again.
Noel_Byrne (13742) 2013-10-11 8:14
The burst of color caught my eye, but then I looked harder and seen that really iconic image in the centre. An excellent artwork, and even more so in your composition, as its surrounded by the grainy reality of real life in an urban setting, the spark of color and life it introduces is so much more powerful. Perfect composition, and a fascinating urban and art scene.
All the best
goodwill (4879) 2013-10-11 8:38
Painting the wall in this fashion attracts the viewers. Isn't it? if the painting is colorful enough and has a punch, then this becomes a piece of arts.
I admire your observing this big canvass and then composing the shot for the viewers.
TFS Kobra Kiss..........
serp2000 (33437) 2013-10-11 10:04
Hi, dear Brenda,
We know this place )) And I can say I've read about this original photo from the last day of the IIWW. Good presentation! My photo is not so bright, it could be better if I'll show the photos from our meeting.
Thanks for your warm words!
mesutilgim (73216) 2013-10-12 12:41
Amazing capture of this famous scene captured at the end of WW II ! This time aa an amazing Wall painting of Kobra.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and have a nice weekend
lousat (64601) 2013-10-14 13:49
Hi Brenda,the perspective of this pic is really fantastic,what a choice of point of view to caught the best by this great opportunity,magnificent work whit the best details and very bright colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
colinbrenchley (6427) 2013-10-19 2:47
Brenda, Colourful picture. I like the way that you have no sky in the picture - just buildings. I could see another picture that would be great to take. A close up on one of the windos with someone leaning out - all with those vibrant stripes of colour.
Oceania (3245) 2013-10-21 7:08
Wow...you are showing us this very famous picture in a entire wall!!! I know this frozen moment was happened in New York City at a celebration of after victory of World War II. Nice Job!
Nicou (106307) 2013-10-21 7:13
quelle vue et ocmpo sueprbe ce dessin sur cette façade est parfaitement mis en valeur quelle couleur et originalité sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
PaulVDV (17497) 2013-10-27 11:47
A very successful attempt to bring more colour into the city!
And the underlying facade also has a gigantic and equally colourful drawing.
But the side view of the upper facade shows a different image of the city.
Best regards, Paul
boa (4697) 2013-10-27 14:12
Beautiful art and a good idea to transform old and dull facades to eye-catching artworks. It is like you say, it definitely makes people stop and take notice! Sharp and clear shot with brilliant colors, Tfs!
Have a nice evening.
John_F_Kennedy (41526) 2013-10-28 6:28
This is eye-catching - the shapes, lines and colour, everything.
batalay (33495) 2013-10-31 17:01
I had no idea that the "V-J Day..." had been an Alfred Eisenstaedt photo. Wasn't it originally featured in a Life Magazine issue! This is a wonderful shot, but where were you standing when you took the photo?
Graal (92340) 2013-10-31 23:45
amazing image, nice art on the wall of building. Good captured place and theme. Fine street reportage. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
Vasa (16612) 2013-11-02 3:43
From your position you could present wery well that lovely scene. We have never enough of the art, dear Brenda. Thanks for that worth thematic picture. That theme (mural, graffiti) I follow in Belgrade. Many of themes exist only on my photos now. Warm regards,
annjackman (15659) 2013-11-02 7:55
I like the way that the mural(s) and reality are intertwined. It is a picture worth studying as there is so much of interest. The light worked for you very well. Very well photographed - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
subhendu_bagchi (21370) 2013-11-03 8:35
wow, a nice frame is captured here. It is really a burst of colours. Great catch. Nice sharpness and depth. Superb shot. Tfs.
rbassin (13479) 2013-11-04 11:53
une superbe photo, une peinture monumentale et des couleurs vives.
Hansaphotos (6131) 2013-11-05 12:38
I recognize the photo which formed the basis for this colourful artwork. The way the light was filtered through the surrounding trees had a great impact on the final result here. Excellent note to accompany. Great work!
Best regards, Erling
EstudioChispa (1746) 2013-11-07 13:31
Wow, Brenda, what a scene and you have captured it with perfect skill. Eisenstaedt electrified! You give us Kobra's work in context for site and scale, plus it seems you resisted the devilish temptation to turn up the saturation; I agree, these colors are perfect just like this!
Angelillo (9370) 2013-11-07 15:03
I see your gallery right now! I think is full of beauties. This one is impressive, the painted wall is amazing, touching. Beside the intense colors, I like the diagonal line edging the whole frame! Very beautiful.
ChrisJ (91420) 2013-11-08 14:43
Some fantastic street art here and I recognised the image immediately. It pretty much epitomized and resonated with all the allies feelings about the end of the war too, as well as the Americans. Tfs! Another image from Sydney connected to the same era:
nikkitta (9205) 2013-11-09 16:09
This mural is new, I was there , walking all along Highland Park, last november and did not see this splash of color or the one below, love do that after or before having lunch at Chelsea Market, eaach time more turistic
Like the way you present, it allowing space for the brick buildings, so tipical NY architecture
Congrats and enjoy NY
mcmtanyel (5580) 2013-11-10 8:59
I must confess, with your photos from New York, you are going to change my bias against big cities. This is a brilliant picture, presented in a masterful photo. It looks like there is another mural down below, too. Well done and TFS!
bona (11212) 2013-11-11 14:18
you have stoled my idea...
sorry I can't avoid the Joke :)
I took a very similar photo but I didn't upload yet. I made a different crop on my, soon I will upload mine.
Your is very rich in colors and details.
I like to much this wall paint seen from the high line park.
Have a nice evening Brenda.
PS: how cold is NY now?
mjw364 (6142) 2013-11-15 3:34
Yes this does grab your eye with the extraordinary colours. You have added to the effect by taking the shot in a particular light that gives it a strange kind of glitter ball effect that disorients my eye if I look too long. Really accurate colour reproduction and exposure too.
sevy (14437) 2013-12-09 1:44
I noticed this shot because one of my friend took almost the same when visiting NYC. It seems the walk along highline is becoming a must when visiting the city.
Nice composition balancing the artwork with the other buildings lines.
KristinsCamera (2009) 2013-12-17 18:19
hello brenda ~
i like the layers of street art upon street art here, although i would like to see even more of the lower one, just out of curiosity. this is one of the classic nyc images, and the city should indeed wear it proudly, as it does here in this artist's interpretation. especially nice to see this after the shock of losing the 5 points playground.
- Copyright: Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) (5697)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-18
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Exposure: f/4.2, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Art of the streets [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-09 17:04