Opened in the spring of 2020, HERO LIC has quickly become a feature of the ever-growing Queens skyline. In addition to its eye-catching modern exterior, the building is also home to various interesting pieces of art.
Last week, HERO LIC revealed a new series of exclusive artwork created by celebrated UK-based abstract expressionist painter and photographer Jack Coulter. The installation will be on display in the Queens Plaza building’s lobby and lounge area.
Originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland, Coulter was born with synesthesia, a rare sensory, neurological condition that not only shapes his work, but also the way he experiences daily life. When Coulter hears sounds, he sees shapes, a phenomenon that allows him to create award-winning pieces that depict orchestral performances and popular hits
His new display at HERO LIC sees him applying this talent to some classic New York City songs, including “Empire State of Mind” by Jay Z and Alicia Keys, “Autumn in New York” by Billie Holiday, and “Back To Manhattan” by Norah Jones .
“My condition allows me to transcribe sound into visuals, which I channel into my musical paintings,” Coulter said of his new display. “I wanted to create a piece that would have a special meaning to the building, residents and the local community.”
Josh Schuster from Silverback Development, the real estate company that owns HERO LIC, discussed what the new art installation contributes to the property.
“Coulter’s artwork embodies the creative spirit of Long Island City,” said Schuster. “This collaboration allows us to complement the overall residential experience for residents in one of the most coveted neighborhoods in New York, which is further underlined by the recent milestones achieved at HERO LIC, especially in the midst of a pandemic.”