If you’re walking around downtown New Rochelle, you may see a familiar face on the Modera Building at 111 Centre Ave.: Trinity Elementary School’s principal, Michael Hilderbrand, is featured with his son in one of the new murals created by one of the world’s leading street artists for the May 1 Art Walk and Mural Fest. Curated by Street Art for Mankind in collaboration with the City of New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, the murals reflect the creativity and diversity of the city.
The building features five panels with murals of different sizes by artist Cristian Blanxer from Spain, who uses an Instagram style in this installation, titled “People and Places.” It focuses on the diverse and rich background of the people that make New Rochelle special. Blanxer’s iconic work is featured in galleries and on walls around the world. You can see his work on Instagram at @cristianblanxer. Superintendent Jonathan Raymond visited the mural recently; view his video at Facebook.com/newrochelleschools/videos/1026214294968779.