Students of the Frank Sinatra School of Arts in Astoria decided to liven up the neighborhood – which still has a Greek-American community – with characters from Greek Mythology painted on walls. Tony Meloni, their supervisory teacher, helps his students apply what they were taught and to do the murals.
Their Welcome to Astoria work depicts famous characters, including Medusa, to create some color on Astoria’s walls and has promoted Greek culture in a community with generations of contributions from its population of Greek heritage.
With the help of local artist, Lady Pink, the students painted several murals throughout the area at the podiums of the Hells Gate Bridge trestles. “This is a practical application of their skills,” Meloni told The Queens Gazette. “It’s something that they would never really get a chance to do inside the classroom.”
The majority of the students who participated are studying painting and graphic design at the high school. Additional murals include one dedicated to the area’s European, South American and Middle Eastern community. The new mural will stay in place for four years before it is redone with a future project.