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Queens, New York

The Welling Court Mural Project

A collaborative art project that transformed a neighborhood in NYC's Queens.  

In New York City’s Queens, a confluence of art and creativity is unfolding in the neighborhood of Welling Court.

Back in 2009, Welling Court residents—led by Jonathan Ellis—made the unanimous decision that they wanted to spruce up their beloved neighborhood. Welling Court, which can feel like a run-of-the-mill quiet neighborhood, received an artistic makeover when the residents reached out to Ad Hoc Art’s Bushwick gallery with a project in mind. 

Inviting Ad Hoc Art to transform their streets into a canvas, the Welling Court Murals Project officially kicked off in May 2010 with colorful street art adorning the walls of this community. The residential streets of Welling Court run outwards from a center-point—likes spokes on a wheel—stretching out in a parade of color and street art in all directions.

Claiming to be one of the best examples of contemporary street art on earth, the Welling Court Murals Project now displays murals from 150 artists from both New York City and countries around the world. For street art aficionados, some of the past artists to be featured at the Welling Court Murals include Greg Lamarche, Abe Lincoln, Queen Andrea, and a slew of others.

Know Before You Go

To visit the Welling Court Murals, take the New York City N or W subway line to the Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard stop. From there, you'll walk west on Astoria Boulevard for 10 to 15 minutes towards 12th street. The Welling Court Murals are available for public viewing at all times.