New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, long a critic of Donald Trump’s presidency and the drain of his Manhattan headquarters on city’s resources, has backed the mural as a necessary show of solidarity with the movement. Black Lives Matter demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustice have swept across the U.S. in recent weeks, though the movement coalesced years earlier.
The mural fills an entire lane of Fifth Avenue in front of the tower, echoing a street painting in support of the movement in Washington, D.C., near the White House. Mayor Muriel Bowser championed the mural there after Trump ordered a harsh response by federal law enforcement to peaceful protests.
The public art project between 56th and 57th streets will take several days to complete.