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Graffiti Art Exhibit Opening At Aqueduct Racetrack

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A unique graffiti art installation that opened this weekend now fills the walls of the Aqueduct Racetrack. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

Artist Rubin puts the finishing touches on one of his two murals at the Aqueduct Racetrack.

Rubin has been a street artist for 20 years, painting in many different environments, but never working at a racetrack.

"Having all the people here screaming and shouting," he said. "Some are very angry. Some are very happy because they just won."

Rubin is one of 11 artists from all across the world participating in the Aqueduct Murals project. Fourteen different murals now fill the formerly white walls of the clubhouse.

Organizers hope that the project gives the track a new vibe.

"It feels as if each racetrack has its own personality. Saratoga is very vintage. It's from the 1850s, and it's basically like a museum. Belmont's more got like a country club vibe," said Paul Kelleher, executive producer of Aqueduct Murals. "It is rare that you hear Aqueduct as a favorite, but it's my favorite, and it's kind of like the gritty dive track."

While all the murals have a central theme of racing, each artist uses a different technique. Some use projectors or stencils. Others painted freehand.

"There's a lot of different techniques," Kelleher said. "Some of them like to see the paint drip. Some of them like very controlled lines that capture and contain the color."

Visitors say that the new addition is a sure bet.

"It's nice," said one person. "Should have thought of it a long time ago."

"This is definitely a little high brow-low brow," said a third. "I would have thought more people would come to see this. I think it's beautiful."

"The action. The horses are going," said a fourth. "And I like the way they painted the picture. The tail is flying."

For more information about the exhibit, go to aqueductmurals.com.

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