Good-bye and good riddance, 2020. Starting in late March, when the streets were still mostly deserted, I snapped photos of creative responses to the pandemic. Some pieces offered encouragement and hope; others admonished us to act responsibly. Many paid tribute to the workers who cared for the sick and kept the city functioning. The most poignant memorialized the dead.
A sampling follows.
I’m defining street art broadly here, to include storefront displays by small businesses and community organizations, like these.
Some were sanctioned, or even commissioned, by parks or business associations.
Others – my favorites – had a more renegade feel.
And then there are these, which still feel like a punch in the gut.