The International Labour Organisation (ILO) was established in 1919, after the First World War, on the understanding that universal and lasting peace would not be achieved without social justice. To commemorate 100 years, the ILO has partnered up with Street Art for Mankind (SAM) to curate inspirational murals about social justice around the United Nations Headquarters.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace.
The #ILO100Murals, created by world renowned international street artists, will set the course for a contemporary Art Walk, in the streets of Midtown Manhattan. They will capture key themes of the ILO’s efforts to ensure “decent work” for all, and inspire each one of us to create a better “future of work”.
“We are honoured and proud to be able to help the ILO, the first United specialised agency of the United Nations, to spread the word on such critical topics for the future of our society. The artists have put all their heart and soul in their murals to create spectacular masterpieces. We are very excited by to present to the public of New York. Art is a universal language. It helps us reflect on the current state and future of our society. Art truly has the power to change the world. We hope to see you all on April 9th!” Thibault & Audrey Decker, SAM
Five murals will be painted in the first week of April following the themes: green jobs, youth
employment, gender equality at work, child labour and forced labour and the future of work. Artists invited are Clandestinos (Shalak Attack and Bruno Smoky), Faith 47, Jorge Gerada, Mr Cenz and Victor Ash.
“The street art murals will all speak for themselves and are a powerful way to convey core messages on social justice. They speak to the heart and souls and we hope they will draw attention to the importance of decent work for all. We are very proud to feature the #ILO100Murals as a flagship initiative in the commemoration of the ILO 100th anniversary along with multiple events around the world. We are looking forward to meet you all on April 9th!” Vinicius Pinheiro, ILO New York
The Art Walk to inaugurate the #ILO100 Murals will take place on April 9th 2019, the walk will begin at 1pm on 209 E 48th street and it will end at 3pm at the Westin Hotel, on 212 E 42nd street. The event is free and accessible to the public, and you can register here.
Visitors will also be able to experience a guided audio tour of the murals through the Street Art for Mankind “Behind the Wall” app, which can be downloaded for free.
The #ILO100 Art Walk project is made possible thanks to the support from the International Labour
Organisation, as well as the Permanent missions of India and Uganda to the United Nations, Delta Air
Lines, The Westin Grand Central, Navillus Contracting, Durante Rentals, PTC, John and Coleen Landry
and Falcon Tower.
Photo Credit Just a Spectator