The Mona Lisa of Williamsburg
The title came up during an NBC Nightly News piece about this Colossal Media art instillation at the intersection where Bedford Avenue meets Broadway and South 6th Street.
The real title of this mural is "Lost Time" and since the photographer came clean in a WSJ interview about what the model, seventeen year old Nina Attal, was thinking when the photo was taken, the Mona Lisa mystery seems broken. "She was thinking at the time, 'I was really upset with you for not letting me take my bangs out of my face.'"
The amazing part of this story is that the photographer is also seventeen. Steven Paul, a senior at the Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood had already won a Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with this black and white photo of his classmate. Then Colossal Media, a Williamsburg-based organization that produces hand-painted murals and outdoor advertising, used Paul’s image to create the billboard that now stands tall over the George B. Post Plaza.