Thanks to Nick Sweetman for making this drab underpass into a thing of beauty!
Let me begin where I entered, on the east side, walking north.
There is a railing to protect us from the thundering traffic.
Of course that makes it hard to shoot large images. You can’t get far enough back.
Also, there are many light issues in underpasses. Even on a cloudy day, the burn of the sun can be seen.
I am presenting the images in order.
This, I guess possum, is so cute!
He is right there as you emerge from the underpass.
Just look at all the art still ahead!
There is the other side of the underpass, as well. I was able to take a few more direct shots from the other side.
Even if the railing was in the way,
I didn’t have to get as creative with the shots, such as the next 2.
This could only be taken from the other side. Unfortunately, the buffalo & moose were behind cement pillars. I suppose they needed those to hold the overpass up.
Pics taken by Resa – November 12, 2018,
The Artist: Nick Sweetman – Click on the pic of him painting and go to his Instagram site!
We had a quick chat on the day. He still had 2 days of painting to go.
The next post has a swan, a butterfly, a mosquito and more!
61 thoughts on “Underpass Magic – One”
These are really beautiful. It’s refreshing to see colorful wildlife for a mural.
I just adore Nick’s work! Wait until you see the swan and the fox. I’ll probably take 2 more posts to finish the underpass.
Such gorgeous lucious colors and subjects, beautiful birds, animals, I adore this! It must have been difficult to paint with so little maneuvering room . Great find Resa!
I made a special trip to Long Branch, after I heard Nick Sweetman was doing a mural. I adore his work, and it’s always nature.
It’s going to take 2 more posts to complete showing the art. There’s a swan in the next one, and an egret, and a butterfly and more! ❤
I agree regarding Sweetman and I have you to thank for introducing me to his artwork. I’m really looking forward to your upcoming post Resa! ♥️
I think that this is probably one of the best finds that you have discovered dear Resa. Love the post and love from me. Ralph xoxoxo ❤
Thanks Ralph! It is a gorgeous mural, and will take 2 more posts to finish showing it! Love to the family! xoxoxo ❤
IKR! There’s more coming. It just didn’t seem fair to the artist to pack the entire underpass into 1 post.
Absolutely STUNNING. The birds look as if they could fly off the wall. Beautiful street art.
Nick is a fabulous wildlife artist. He really outdid himself with this mural!
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Absolutely beautiful 💕💝💕 Wishing you a great week ahead, dear Re. Much love 💗
It is a wonderful mural. More to come! The week … the next 9 days are a bit frantic, then things will settle into the holiday season groove. 🦄Aq! 💜Hope your week is off to a great start, and stays great! 💥💖💐😘
Wonderful Art Work!!
It’s truly magic! Thanks for sharing, Resa.
Yay!! More coming Irina! So glad you got to see this!
This is amazing, so beautiful!
IKR! It’s gorgeous!
Wonderful pictures, Resa. You did a great job consider the obstacles. I love the motives!!
Thanks! It’s such a fabulous mural. So glad you got to see this part of it. There are 2 more instalments. 😀 xxx
This is wonderful Resa, I’m amazed with all this wildlife … it’s the most beautiful and artistic underground passage I’ve seen.
The animals are so real, Nick Sweetman is a sensational artist, really, I’m so impressed with his way of drawing, everything is so precious!!!
Congratulations, this is a nice find, an excellent work of art to enjoy it with time and attention, there are many small details that call my attention.
Is it a duck that I’m seeing? 😉 … maybe a friend of the family …
I do believe it is a duck!! YAY! 😀 I’m sure it is a friend of the family.
Nick is a fabulous artist! I’m so glad he was there, and I got to ask him a few questions.
You will love the next 2 posts, and the rest of Nick’s beautiful animals! xoxo
How wonderful! 😀
That’s incredible art, really beautiful – I imagine if I saw it in the real I’d just stop dead and stare. I kind of like how you had trouble photographing it *muhuhaaa + hug* because of the pillars and gates etc… the brutalism of the concrete and metal makes the work king, or queen. Actually, the pic of the two birds you took with the gates under and below have their own frame because of those gates. The work is so epic it isn’t even contained fully in the concrete – with parts of the various animals already gone off into space. As always kudos to the artists and thanks to you for finding us such cool art and sharing xx
This mural is especially alluring. It is also a feat of epic proportion, for sure. Nick worked on it for weeks and weeks.
I’m still working on instalments 2 & 3. There’s a lot of art to cover. I almost feel like I could do 1 or 2 images at a time. xo
Cool. I’m looking forward to seeing the other instalments x
Thsi is absolutely gorgeous. The colors, the details.
And this was an underpass.
I am starting to get the impression, if one stands still long enough, you may be turned into a beautiful mural.
Wow! What a great sci-fi concept. “stands still long enough, you may be turned into a beautiful mural.”
Yet, I have thought about sci-fi (ish) stories/tv series about a girl who stands before murals in adoration & admiration. Suddenly, she is transported into the world of the mural.
Different mural every week. Different tale every week. A bit Twilight Zone(ish), but hey!
LOL . You can be the star.
Seriously, that is a coolo idea of being transported into the mural. That is sick.
Do you write? It is a great idea.
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Incredible colours, Resa; they are truly wonderful.
Your photography is also sooo good.. 🙂
Thanks, Carolyn! I had a wonderful day visiting this mural. More to come! 😀 xoxoxo
What a spectacular site!! Can’t wait for the rest…
Coming soon, to a post near you!
Resa, you are surprising me from day to day, from posting to posting. Thats really great. Thank you very much for sharing. Michael
This work is both bright and soft … thus my I love it!
Agree, Frank, and there’s more to come. It did not seem fair to the artist, or the photographer, to post it all in one go. 😀
That is indeed, beautiful.
Truly! Great art is great art, anywhere!
I wish I could walk around there!
I wish you could, too!
Yay, birds and animals! The bird you posted at the very top is my favourite. xoxo
it’s my fave, too! xoxo
You have moose and bison and out of this world color, favorites for me.
Nick is an amazing artist!
Nick’s art is AMAZING! Love the nature focus!
Wow, Resa. These are amazing. Beautiful and colorful too. Thanks for sharing.
What an incredible talented artist! Thank you for sharing this, Resa!
How could I not share! It really is a wonderful mural!
You are lucky to have captured the art and the artist. Good to see that your city is honoring street art.