PS 33 Chelsea Prep Stairwell Murals

November 01, 2019

In the Summer of 2019, the windows in the two main stairwells of Chelsea Prep PS 33 in New York City were fully enclosed by pieces of plywood due to required facade upgrades. IWBI created murals in the stairwells in an effort to bring joy back into these spaces that students travel throughout frequently every day.


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The goal of our project was to create a happier environment for students, bringing color and texture into the space in the absence of natural light and views of the outdoors. We focused on incorporating elements of biophilic design as well as personal touches from all of the students so they felt a connection to the murals. Conscious of the environmental and health impact of this project, we also selected low-VOC and recycled materials where possible. Over the course of two afternoons, 18 IWBI employees created four floral murals throughout the two stairwells, interspersed with leaves, each signed by a PS 33 Chelsea Prep student. We are so happy to have helped to create a more beautiful environment that students can enjoy each and every day!