Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy Remembered In Huge Street Art Mural

Street artist Elle painted a three-story-tall mural of the late Supreme Court associate justice in New York City.

The legacy of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being remembered with a gigantic new street art mural in New York City.

Street artist Elle painted the three-story depiction of the late Supreme Court associate justice โ€• who died in September at the age of 87 โ€• on the corner of 11th Street and 1st Avenue in the East Village.

The piece also features Lady Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

โ€œIโ€™m super honoured to be able to paint her portrait in New York,โ€ Elle told HuffPost, hailing Ginsburg as โ€œquite the force to be reckoned with working behind the scenes to push equal rights in America.โ€

California-born Elle โ€œfell in loveโ€ with street art after dropping out of art school and moving to New York at age 21.

She wheat-pasted pieces around Brooklyn before becoming โ€œsuper obsessedโ€ with graffiti and getting sponsored by a spray paint company.

Elle then โ€œtook all of my free spray paint and started asking people if I could paint their walls for free.

Elle spent the rest of her 20s honing her craft in New York, later a year in France, and is now mostly on the road worldwide painting her collages of โ€œthe all-powerful female โ€” but no one in particularโ€ for clients and at festivals, to the extent the coronavirus pandemic allows.

โ€œI chose the name Elle because it means โ€˜sheโ€™ in French,โ€ the artist explained. โ€œI realised there were very few women graffiti artists, so I wanted to get up for the ladies.โ€

TaskForce, an agency working with arts, culture and social change, commissioned Elle to paint the portrait of Ginsburg.

When she couldnโ€™t find a suitable wall in the Midwood or Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, from where Ginsburg hailed, the nonprofit LISA Project NYC found her space in the East Village in Manhattan.

โ€œI donโ€™t typically paint portraits,โ€ said Elle, who spent two weeks on the mural. โ€œBut when I was invited to create the piece for RBG there was nothing more that I wanted to do than to paint a memorial piece for her.โ€

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being honored with a three-story street art mural in Manhattan.
The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being honored with a three-story street art mural in Manhattan.
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The piece took on a special significance, Elle said, following President Donald Trumpโ€™s election defeat by President-elect Joe Biden.

โ€œI love New York, New York loves RBG, and I think itโ€™s fair to say that nearly the entire city was elated about the election results,โ€ she said. โ€œRBG is a hometown native of this city โ€• and she will forever be loved and an icon here.โ€

โ€œWe are beyond thrilled to see Trump ousted,โ€ the artist added. โ€œAnd I think this portrait of RBG represents that continuation of hope and joy that this city badly needed after such a hard year with Covid-19.โ€

Check out more of Elleโ€™s work on Instagram, her website and below:

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