Seeking "Great Art for a Great Wall", The Local Fort Greene and Clinton Hill

The mural, titled “Achtung Baby … Here Comes the Next Great Depression,” is the first installment for the Great Wall of Brooklyn. 

The mural, titled “Achtung Baby … Here Comes the Next Great Depression,” is the first installment for the Great Wall of Brooklyn. 

"As the owner of Chez Lola and Chez Oskar (as well as the talent behind Lola’s lollipop chandeliers and Rousseau-esque triptych), Ms. Janssen has been active in the community for many years. With the onset of the downturn, she said, she wanted to find a way to turn her wall into a canvas for timely expository art.

Inspired by the images of the 20’s and 30’s, Ms. Janssen decided to make use of the space’s potential — the Department of Transportation estimates the intersection gets more than 16,000 passersby daily — and create the Great Wall of Brooklyn.

The mural originated as a painting, and was transferred digitally for the Great Wall.

Unlike the smiling children and placid landscapes of many public murals, the Great Wall of Brooklyn is designed to be intentionally provocative.

“I certainly don’t want it to be just pleasant and pleasing,” Ms. Janssen says, “I want it to present a critical point of view.”"

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