Ori Carino




Ideal Glass is pleased to present a new mural by artist Ori Carino to coincide with the Lower East Side’s History Month. Ideal Glass is committed to honoring the history of the neighborhood, and is inspired to see how this legacy defines the future. Over the past decade Carino has exhibited his artwork, installations and murals internationally and here, in the city. His ten-year run of murals at Mars Bar is part of the hyper-local history surrounding Ideal Glass’s block, and Anpanman is a slight nod to Ideal Glass’s interest i­­n Japanese art and oriental culture.

For this mural Carino will paint a cast of characters meant to stand as spiritual protectors, as talismanic defenders of the LES. The artist intends to create these spiritual patrons to guard the neighborhoods’ culture: its people, art, history, social movements and music. Characters that represent ideals, which have enriched the area and the city, will surround the dwellers of the LES. One of these figures, the Japanese cartoon character Anpanman (whose head is made of bread) offers a piece of himself for the benefit of others by allowing hungry children to eat his head.

The mural is anchored in social participation in honor of the community of people who built the rich history of the LES: artists, poets, musicians, dancers, immigrants, families and people willing to dream. It is this local society that helps to continually redefine what in means to be a resident of the LES.

Ideal Glass is excited to host this mural in partnership with Fourth Arts Block – as an offering of protection to the neighborhood and its community.