David Bowie Mural
Artist Name: Eduardo Kobra
Location: 837 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07310
Towering over the street on the newly completed Cast Iron Lofts (developed by The Manhattan Building Company) in Jersey City is a 180-foot-tall mural of music icon David Bowie. The music legend passed away earlier this year. The Casts Iron Lofts. The mural features a sea of colors that adds color to a once colorless, industrial region of the city.
The mural was created by artist Eduardo Kobra of São Paulo, Brazil. Kobra has created a multitude of murals around North and South America, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Rio de Janeiro. Among those murals painted by Kobra, are portraits of Bob Dylan, Mahatma Gandhi, Tupac Shakur, John Lennon, and Abraham Lincoln.
The majority of his portrait murals are multicolored, but this colorful theme more than any fits David Bowie’s eccentric and unconventional style he portrayed in his musical acts. The combination of rectangles and triangles merging with Bowie’s trademark face paint is a ingenious blend.
The mural is part of the Jersey City Mural Arts Program, an initiative that began in 2013 that highlighted local artists and promoted murals in the area. In an interview with NJ.com last year, Kobra, speaking on the Mural Arts Program, stated “It’s great to see that Jersey City has embraced street art through its mural program and I’m very happy to be part of it.” The mural program has brought countless of talented artists to Jersey City from Mr. AbiLLity, Green Villain, and many others. The city has put together a Google Map showcasing most of the murals in the city.
Kobra’s most popular painting is arguably one painted during the 2016 Summer Olympics, titled Etnias (Ethnicities). Kobra created a 560-foot long mural with the help of two assistants that led them to receive the Guinness Book of World Records of largest spray painted mural by a team. The painting illustrates different indigenous people from around the world. In an interview with the press, Kobra stated, “I wanted to show that everyone is united, we are all connected.”