The much anticipated Carmen Herrera designed mural, Uno Dos Tres, was unveiled today (November 5, 2020) in East Harlem’s JHS99, which houses semi-autonomous ‘mini-schools.’ Through the spring and summer of 2020, the artist worked with the nonprofit Publicolor to install the 54-foot wide by 17-foot tall artwork, which was meant to be installed last May in celebration of Herrera’s birthday.
“I am proud to offer this image to Spanish Harlem and particularly proud that Publicolor students, so many of them Spanish-speaking like me, will be creating this,” Herrera said. “I selected several images and then reduced my choices to one that would best suit the specific site and, most importantly, that would challenge and motivate the students who are making it.”
JHS99 includes Manhattan East Middle School, a school where visual art, music and dance are an important part of the curriculum, and so it was a perfect location for famed Cuban-born artist, Carmen Herrera to gift her design, ‘Diagonal’ (1987) to be recreated as a mural on the occasion of her 105th birthday. JHS99 also includes Academy of Environmental Sciences Secondary School.
The new mural is titled “uno Dos Tres” and be an exact replica of her painting ‘Diagonal.’ It will be painted on an outdoor wall, visible from the FDR at 100th Street. Her hope is that it will inspire creativity in the middle-school students. JHS99 is located at 410 East 100th Street, NYC.
Carmen Herrera had a major installation in 2019 in City Hall Park, with her installation, Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales, curated by Public Art Fund.
Take a look at Herrera’s extraordinary career on Galerie.
and the short YouTube video, Dana Miller on Carmen Herrera: Lines of Site (at age 101).