New Mural Honors Fallen Firefighters

 

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Photo: Steve Weinik, for the Daily News

  • Two years after the tragic Thomas W. Buck Hosiery factory in Kensington, a new piece from the Mural Arts Program honors the lives of Lt. Robert Neary and Daniel Sweeney, reports the Daily News. The mural, designed and executed by artists Jesse Gardner, David McShane, and Kien Nguyen, is located at 2024 E. Arizona Street, just three blocks away from where the men died in April 2012 after the walls of the neglected factory collapsed. The meticulously crafted portraits—“framed by columns that echo the architecture of a nearby historic bank—were rendered from existing photos, and they are lovely. Surrounding the portraits are symbols of the trade: an ax and ladder, fire truck, emblems representing the companies that responded to the disaster that day. It’s as much a tribute to the city’s modest brotherhood of first responders as it is to the men who died that day.” While the pre-painted panels were installed late last month, the formal dedication will take place July 10.
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