Mural on Greenpoint Building Puts Modern Spin on Classic Declaration of Independence Painting

Some artists put a modern brush stroke on a classic painting that depicts the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

A mural of the scene has been immortalized at a building on North 15th Street near Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

It's part of the genealogy company ancestry.com's "Declaration Descendants" campaign.

With the help of several painters, this new version of the painting recasts the founding fathers with 29 of their living relatives.

The campaign's goal is to highlight the country's diversity.

"I think it's interesting to show that there isn't just one type of person that is kind of of related to the founding fathers. It kind of crosses all boundary lines with just ethnicity and origin," said painter Andrew Hurley.

"It's great to see diversity celebrated, and obviously, visibility is so important when it comes to diversity, so it's cool to just see it in a random neighborhood in Brooklyn," said one person in the neighborhood. 

The mural took more than 100 hours to complete.

 

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