Street artist ELLE pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, New York City 2020

Street artist ELLE pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Lhasa Tibetan restaurant on E11 st & 1st Ave, in the east village New York City.

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Born March 1933 in Brooklyn, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in September 2020. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a fierce advocate for women’s rights, championed gender equality and delivered landmark laws on abortion, women’s rights, same-sex marriage, immigration and health care during her 27 years on the bench.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg now stands as the centrepiece of a new mural in New York City painted by street artist ELLE. The artist describes the mural in great detail below …

“The Flowers to the bottom left are Black-Eyed Susans, which represent justice. Above that, the Brooklyn Bridge- signifying her childhood borough.”

“Above her head; hints of a crown composed of her many collars, as well as a gentle nod to Biggie, the namesake of her nickname Notorious RBG. The justice seemed to enjoy finding resemblance with Biggie, as well as the nickname.”

“To the right of the justice’s head, the turquoise swath depicts the interior of the Library of Congress ceiling. In front of this: the statue of Lady Liberty, and to her right, a second statue: The Contemplation of Justice, who sits outside of the Supreme Courthouse, originally carved by James Earle Fraser. He claimed that the sculpture represented ‘a realistic conception of what I consider a heroic type of person with a head and body expressive of the beauty and intelligence of justice.’”

“Under the hand of this sculpture are some of the cases that RBG argued, and with which she had a major impact on opportunity and equality for many Americans. These cases are: Reed v Reed, the United States vs Virginia, Windsor vs US and Hollingsworth, and Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld, constituting same-sex marriage and other landmark features.”

“The red swath of fabric floating across the painting could perhaps be a cape as Wonder Woman might have worn.”

“Behind the Contemplation of Justice is an interpretation of the tympanum on the Supreme Court, and to the right of that, the emblem of the United States (the eagle), holding a banner that shows part of a quote that I personally love by RBG; ‘Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.’”

“Thank you immensely to INTO ACTION who sponsored the project, I am honoured and grateful for the opportunity. Thank you also to LISA project NYC for sourcing and managing the wall.” ELLE

Photo credit Just_a_spectator

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