Street Artist Colorfully Paints a Small Block of Franklin Street in Tribeca

Street artist Imani Shanklin Roberts recently created this literal street art by painting a large stretch of Franklin Street in Tribeca for a piece commissioned by a partnership between South African Tourism and Citi Bike with the Department of Transportation.

The mural, called XOLA, was installed over the past weekend and made in the style of Ndebele house painting by Shanklin Roberts. The mural emulates artist Esther Mahlangu’s style “while folding in divine feminine symbolism which is representative of [Shanklin Roberts’s] own work.” A description of the work continues, “Vibrant colors and feminine symbolism are used to call on onlookers to tap into their feminine strength, fullness and inner light.”

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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