“We Are Survivors” Mural Unveiled at North Broad and Perry Streets

Leon Rainbow’s latest COVID-19 inspired installation recognizes ALL essential workers

TRENTON, NJ, November 16, 2020—Trenton graffiti artist Leon “Rain” Rainbow shared his inspiration for the third mural in his  “We Are Survivors” series during an unveiling ceremony on November 12th on Perry Street at North Broad Street in Trenton. 

Rainbow’s latest work of public art is a bold and colorful statement of thanks to the heroes of the coronavirus era – the essential workers who got out the vote, cared for us when we were sick, drove us to work day after day, and delivered food to our homes so that we could stay safe. “The pandemic has given us a greater respect and understanding of what it means to be an essential worker,” says Rainbow. “Their service to the community makes all of our lives better.” And Rainbow’s art makes our lives a little brighter.

The installation, which can be found at the intersection of Perry and North Broad Streets in Trenton, has been described, quite literally, as a traffic stopper. It’s not unusual to see passersby stop to gaze and marvel at the vivid colors and relatable theme. 

“Traffic slows down when they see this beautiful work,” says Leroy Nevius, who owns the building where the four-panel mural was created. “It enhances the building and has a positive impact on the neighborhood.”

TDA is proud to sponsor this and other murals in Rainbow’s “We Are Survivors.” The series, which also includes works at Clinton and Hudson Streets and the Sprout School of the Arts, was made possible by continued funding from NJM Insurance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Photos by Matt Pilsner 

Text by Gail Rose