VIDEO: Decoding the art and meaning behind Pittsburgh’s new Strawberry Way mural

This Downtown mural is about social justice and equity — not just selfies.

A birdseye view of the artist at work.

A birdseye view of the artist at work.

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On the surface, the vibrant new Strawberry Way mural brightens up a narrow Downtown alley.

But look deeper, and you’ll see the bigger picture.

The work focuses on two large questions:

  • Who’s missing from your table?
  • Who gets to eat the most fruit?

For BOOM Concepts artist Julie Mallis, the canvas at Strawberry Way invites people to think about these questions and encourages people to be active by playing “the floor is lava.”

Hear more from Mallis here:

Mallis surrounded by her art supplies.

Mallis surrounded by her art supplies.

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You can find Strawberry Way tucked between Grant Street and Liberty Avenue.

You can find Strawberry Way tucked between Grant Street and Liberty Avenue.

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Mallis carefully painted each watermelon seed by hand.

Mallis carefully painted each watermelon seed by hand.

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Mallis chose a selection of cool colors — purple, blue and green — to dominate the artwork intending to give it a dreamy feel and making sure it would stand out from the typical red, green and yellow of Downtown traffic lights and signs.

Mallis chose a selection of cool colors — purple, blue and green — to dominate the artwork intending to give it a dreamy feel and making sure it would stand out from the typical red, green and yellow of Downtown traffic lights and signs.

Brian Cook, Sr. / For The Incline