Balvanera Does the Tango with New Mural by Local Artist Mike Brown
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Following the trend of restaurants increasing visibility with murals, culinary newcomer Balvanera is adding flare to its own facade. The Argentinian restaurant at 152 Stanton Street is currently collaborating with local artist-designer Mike Brown (Lot71) on a piece called “An Allegory of Soul.” It’s underway on the Suffolk side as we speak.
The artwork, commissioned by acclaimed chef Fernando Navas, is a take on the similarities between the Lower East Side and the Balvanera neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Both areas are known for immigrant settlements, rich culture, creativity, and soul. Brown elected to overlay a silhouetted couple dancing across an antique-looking map of Manhattan.
“‘An Allegory of Soul’ celebrates the story and ‘soul’ of place, and the people at the heart of it all,” Brown noted in a public statement. “From the pairing of 2 neighborhoods – New York’s Lower East Side and Buenos Aires’ Balvanera – I wanted to create a story that captures the community’s imagination and the creative spirit of Fernando’s restaurant.”