Earth Day: New rainforest mural in Brooklyn unveiled as part of 'Nat Geo Planet Possible'

BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- To celebrate Earth Month, National Geographic has partnered with ABC Owned Television Stations and artists in four cities across the country, including New York.

Finished just in time for Earth Day, the rainforest mural is brightening up 573 Johnson Ave. in Bushwick. The painting features a variety of rainforest vegetation.

The artist is Steffi Lynn, who says she was inspired in part by a photo taken by Frans Lanting.

Lynn specializes in large-scale murals and lettering.

"Everything I do is about bringing people together and motivating people," Lynn said, "I try to bring bold colors to a really urban area."

Her favorite type of project is raising awareness for environmental conservation.

"I think my approach to public art is a bit different than other artists because I really try to include some part of the community that I am painting in my work. Everything I do is about bringing people together and motivating people," Lynn said.

The National Geographic mural is Lynn's biggest project to date.

"I think it's really nice to have these beautiful big floral environments in such urban areas, giving your eyes a break from working so much and seeing hustle and bustle. It allows you to just breathe and enjoy the present," Lynn said.

The mural is part of a "Nat Geo Planet Possible" public art project that highlights the restorative power of nature. Other murals involved in the project include one in San Francisco by Alice Lee, Chicago by Sentrock, and one in Philadelphia by Eurhi Jones.

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