September 13, by Nathaly Pesantez
Sunnyside just got a pop of color with the addition of a new mural in the neighborhood.
“All You Need Is Love” reads the large lettering splashed with bright tie-dye-like colors on the wall between EZ Pawn Corp. and Bliss 46 Bistro near 46th Street and Queens Boulevard.
Jason Naylor, the artist behind the mural, was commissioned by the owners of EZ Pawn Corp. about a month ago for the project. The owners thought the wall around their business looked bland and unsightly as it stood, and opted for a mural after seeing a mural Naylor painted in Manhattan.
Naylor, a native of Salt Lake City now based in Bushwick, has been working as an artist in New York for the past 15 years. He painted his first outdoor mural one year ago.
“Positivity is something that’s an underlying theme in my work,” Naylor said. “I really love positive quotes, and the bright colors fit with it.”
Naylor began working on the Sunnyside mural yesterday morning, and hopes that his project sends a happy message to residents in a visually compelling way. The Sunnyside mural is his fourth outdoor mural, and is expected to be completed tonight.
“I hope it provokes people to think about love,” he said.