NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Among the images depicted are a mother standing with her arm around her daughter's shoulder, and a father watching over his son in a toy car.
The two-story high mural painted in bright yellows, reds and blue on the side of store on Jersey Avenue is intended in part to attract people to the French Street corridor commercial area.
It is also intended to tell the stories of Latino community living in the Esperanza Neighborhood in New Brunswick.
"We are trying to beautify the area so that it is more welcoming. It is a nice commercial area and we want people to come and enjoy the restaurant and stores," said Monica Reyes, communications manager for New Brunswick Tomorrow, a non-profit agency that aides residents in the neighborhood.
The agency saw an opportunity for the mural on the building at the busy intersection of Jersey Avenue and French Street. The mural is on the side of the building facing Handy Street, across from both the Walgreens shopping center and the War Memorial Park.
After gaining the approval of the building owner to use the side of the building, NBT got a grant from Middlesex County, which used funds from the New Jersey State Council on the arts.
Working with coLab Arts, a New Brunswick arts promotion agency, NTB contacted Newark artist Lenny Correa, also known as Lunar New Year, to create the mural.
Correa, a graduate of Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, drew his inspiration from talking with residents in the Esperanza Neighborhood, a 57-block area on the western end of the city, Reyes said.
"He got together with Esperanza residents. They came up with all these stories of great determination and perseverance " Reyes said.
Titled "Una Gota Rompe La Piedra" or "A Drop Breaks the Stone,” the mural shows the bright costumes popular in the heritage of the migrant community.
Reyes said residents spoke of the ties to their families. Parents expressed that their dreams "our the dreams of our kids."
Over the last five years, the Esperanza Neighborhood Project has focused on businesses and residents to improve the French Street corridor and make it a vibrant Latino commercial district, Reyes said.