With its streaks of purple, red, blue and green, the mural that covers Graffiti Heart’s building radiates from the corner of East 49th Street and Superior Avenue as a beacon of inspiration and creativity.
Part of Kelly “Risk” Graval’s “Beautifully Destroyed” series, the piece wraps around the Graffiti Heart Gallery & Museum’s north, south and east sides. It’s enchanting, gritty and mysterious — and yet a great place to snag a selfie.
Roughly 30 different colors brim across what started as ghost-white primer. Risk sprayed and watered layer upon layer over the course of four to five days, adding embellishments with aerosol to deepen architectural features.
“He’s one of the kings in the graffiti world,” says Graffiti Heart president and founder Stamy Paul. “Having him paint the building is a special treat for Cleveland and this part of the country because there’s not many of his pieces around [here].” 4829 Superior Ave., Cleveland, 440-781-4515, graffitiheart.org