2. Union with the Universe at Union Square

Union Square Street Mural
Photo by Jane kKratochvil

A massive celestial-themed mural can be found along 14th Street in front of Union Square. Titled Union with the Universe, the brightly colored mural is presented in partnership with the NYC DOT and Brooklyn-based Spanish artist and educator Vanesa Álvarez. Álvarez took “inspiration from natural elements to celebrate human connections to Earth and each other.”

You can see the mural debut along the pedestrian areas of the 14th Street Busway between Broadway and Union Square West. Over the course of five days, community partners and volunteers helped paint the mural which brings a little bit of nature into the urban landscape with representations of waves, mountains the sky, butterflies, and roses, the state flower of New York.