Street performers bring new life to Norwich – NBC Connecticut

Vibrant colors bring new life to Norwich. The artists have just completed two new murals in the heart of downtown.

The murals, both covering entire city walls, are located on Franklin and Broadway. The Norwich Street Art Collective, a new nonprofit, brought in two artists from out of state to complete the projects and turn blank walls into works of art.

“The aim of the Norwich Street Art Collective is to give artists, street artists, the opportunity to express themselves and create freely in public spaces,” said collective member Suki Lagrito.

The collective hopes to show the community how impactful public art can be.

“This is a great opportunity for our city to bring hope, but also to stimulate economic development, job creation,” said Peter Helms, founder of the collective. “Because it attracts people.”

Carlos Alexis Rivera, who goes by Carlitos Skills, came to Norwich from Puerto Rico to paint the Broadway mural. He said it was the tallest mural of his career and, having completed it in several days, one of the fastest he had painted.

“I think art has the power to change the world, one little drop of paint at a time,” Rivera said. “It’s about inspiration. You walk past it and you don’t see dead walls. It inspires you – it makes you feel like anything is possible.”

Golden, an artist from Miami, did the colorful mural on Franklin. Using his name, the words “Stay Golden” are painted on the mural.

“Stay well, be nice,” Golden said. “Be golden.”

The murals are close and the artists hope they will have a big impact on the city. The Norwich Street Art Collective said it has already planned future murals.

“This is just the beginning,” Lagrito said.

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