To put it plainly, Serena Williams is one of the most dominate athletes ever to have laced up a pair of sneakers, but the story undergirding her rise can’t be chalked-up to a Disney Channel narrative. Her indomitable prowess is evident in her accolades though: the tennis player currently maintains twenty-one grand slam titles, and is trying for another at the US open this week in Queens, where a victory would ensure her place among the greatest of all time. Luckily for us, a new mural in Williamsburg, commissioned by Gatorade, adds literal color to Williams’ previous grand slam triumphs, as it depicts twenty-one different moments from each of her victories on the way to grand slam godliness. It’s a real vibrant and linear piece, located right on the corner of Kent Avenue and Grand Street.
Coordinated by Williamsburg-based outdoor advertising agency Overall Murals, which provided artists for the project, the project exalts Williams in a really profuse way, melding images of her hard-fought victories with some pretty abstract street-art. Even though the brick wall’s surface looks immaculate coated in the shimmering paint, Overall spokesperson Angel Saemai said the process functioned under “a crazy turnaround time.” Saemai also expressed some excitement regarding William’s foray into this year’s US Open, saying “it’s big news if she wins the open, because she’ll be a record holder.”
Browse some photos of Overall’s artists working on the mural below, including a video time-lapse of the entire project from beginning to end via Overall’s Instagram page. You can also just trek it out to north Willyburg to see the mural for yourself, too.
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