Greenpoint Public Library mural by local artist unveiled

December 5, 2013 Heather Chin
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Art and books intersect at the Greenpoint Public Library, where a portion of its brick facade on Norman Avenue, off Leonard Avenue, now features a blue-and-white mural, unveiled at the end of November, of people engrossed in a good book.

The mural was painted by local artist Leslie A. Wood, who won a Call For Mural Artists contest that the library held earlier this year.

Wood describes her winning design as “something that celebrate[s] the act of reading and appeal[s] to people of all ages.

“I chose two blues and white for my colors because they go along with the calming feeling of curling up with a good book in a quiet space,” she added.

An avid reader herself, Wood “always [has her] hand in several books at a time” and is currently reading about African art, ceramics, American history, and “The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen.

“I love fiction because as an illustrator it is fun for me to visualize my own interpretation of the writing, however I also love non-fiction, comedy, history, poetry, and anything about food,” she said.

On what she hopes library patrons, especially youth, will take from the sight of her mural, she said one of her greatest wishes for the mural is for it to “inspire kids to explore their creative side and take the time to read about whatever it is they find interesting. Reading is learning, and there is always a new book to read!”

The Greenpoint Library is at 107 Norman Avenue.

See more of Wood’s work at and on Instagram @leslieawood.

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