Empire Diner in Chelsea. All photos by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers

The Brazilian street artist Kobra has been hyperactive in New York City since last fall, painting a series entitled “Colors For Freedom.” His colorful, stunning works are all large-scale, and the adventurous can visit all eighteen pieces just like what Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers did. She’s shared with us all her beautiful photographs of his his works, including one that particularly caught our eye above Empire Diner in Chelsea, featuring Mount Rushmore with the faces of Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Other figures featured in other pieces include an amalgamation of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, appropriately near the Brooklyn Museum where the exhibit on the female artist is currently on display, the Christ the Redeemer statue from Rio de Janeiro, the Statue of Liberty with a sombrero hat, Mother Theresa, Ghandi, Albert Einstein, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Kobain, an FDNY Firefighter, and Elvis Presley.

Of his work above Empire Diner, Kobra writes on his Instagram (translated), “To allude to Mount Rushmore is to remember the values ​​of these four American presidents, so deeply attached to the ideals of freedom, democracy, equality, and peace. By placing in their place four artists for whom I have great admiration, I lend their memories, reminding them of the works of art that they have done.” At such a scale, the artist clearly had permission from the building owners for these works – which have remained in good condition over the last months.

Albert Einstein spray painting I Heart NY at 21st Street and 8th Avenue. Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

Kobra writes of the below piece located at West Houston and Clarkson streets, “This mural, on the facade of the City-As-School, a public school in Manhattan’s West Village, portraits five real immigrants who arrived in New York about 100 years ago and had been to Ellis Island, an entry point of foreigners who came to the United States between the late 19th century and the early 20th century. With 8,600 square feet (800 square meters), this piece is the largest of the entire ‘Colors For Freedom’ series. Fun fact: this is the school where the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat went.”

Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

“Tolerance” with Mother Theresa and Ghandi, located at the Chelsea Square Market at 10th Avenue and 18th Street. Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

“The Prince of Peace,” Kobra calls this work showing the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

Janis Joplin, Kurt Kobain and Amy Winehouse at 46 Rivington Street. Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

Elvis Presley with “War is Hell” at Fabiane’s, located at 142 N 5th St. at Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

Stop Guns at 231 Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side. Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

“60 Years of Michael Jackson” at E. 11th Street and 1st Avenue. Photo by<L ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif;”> Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

Stop Wars located at 391 Christopher Street. Photo bySilvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

 Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

Thompson and Broome Street, Greenwich Village. Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

Above Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse at 219 E. 44th Street in Midtown. Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

The ode to the FDNY firefighter entitled “The Braves of 9/11”  is located on 48th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue facing the mural below. Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

This mural of Albert Einstein is called “Great is riding a bike” on 48th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

Photo by Silvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers.

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