Austria’s Nychos is known around the world for his works of street art depicting vividly rendered dissected animal figures. We brought him to Providence as part of our INFLUX mural residency, in partnership with INOPERAbLE, an Austria-based public art project founded by Providence native Nicholas Platzer. The result, “BattleCat,” is his largest work to date, a five-story masterpiece in the West End. It overlooks some of the City’s low-income housing, bringing a piece of world-class public art to an oft-overlooked corner of our community.
Nychos was joined by Lauren YS, a Bay Area artist, whose “Night Flight” appears on another wall on the same building.
It was an important project for all of us involved. As Nick Platzer said, “During the five days painting this in a low-income housing project, headlines everywhere talked about division, violence, and racism. However we experienced the exact opposite. The community around us was welcoming, excited, positive, and enamored with the murals. What started as a project to raise awareness for endangered species became more about the unification of people through art and the sustainability of mankind.”
See more in the video below.