This week we celebrated the installation of a new mural on Westchester Avenue that depicts residents of the Bronx River enjoying their favorite park activity from home during quarantine. The mural, entitled Concrete Connection, was created by artist Richard Chance in collaboration with design firm Interboro Partners and the Bronx River Alliance with support from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the NYC Department of Transportation’s Artervention program. The mural was designed to celebrate our resilient community as we all work through this difficult time together.
As you pan through the series you’ll notice neighbors fishing, cycling, paddling on the river, gardening, and so much more. Take an even closer look at each panel and you will notice miniature illustrations of the iconic red silos from Concrete Plant Park. The artist included a small scavenger hunt for visitors and encourages you to find the silos in each image. While some may appear red, others are hidden fairly well! We’ll help you find the first one with the image below. See if you can find them all the hidden silos when you visit the mural next!
Although some of our park users have stayed home during quarantine, other residents have found refuge in parks along the Bronx River. One community member photographed for the mural mentioned first visiting Concrete Plant Park while seeking out new outdoor spaces during quarantine. Regardless of your familiarity of the park, we all will now be greeted by friendly familiar faces as we enter the park from Westchester Avenue.