A life in colors: NYC celebrates Ruth Bader Ginsburg with East Village mural

NEW YORK  – A huge colorful portrait of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg now greets passersby over an East Village crosswalk in New York City.

The three-story mural, which was completed on Friday, features a collage of vibrant images of an eagle, dove and flower, symbolizing the justice’s life.

“I think it’s very beautiful … very inspirational,” said New York resident Teddy Koutsos. “In New York, we have a lot of inspiration through art.”

The mural’s creator, who goes by the pseudonym Elle and signs her work with “ElleStreetArt,” said she was excited to honor Ginsburg’s life. The project was commissioned by advocacy group IntoAction and a Los Angeles-based creative agency, TaskForce, the organizations that commissioned former U.S. President Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster.

“What we see is this incredible woman who had an incredible work ethic and fought hard for what she believed in,” Elle told Reuters.

Ginsburg, affectionately known as “RBG” died on Sept. 18 at age 87 at her home in Washington, D.C. She was a stalwart liberal on the U.S. Supreme Court starting in 1993, and many of her decisions championed gender equality and liberal causes.

Raised in a working-class family in New York City’s borough of Brooklyn, Ginsburg overcame sexism in the male-dominated worlds of law school and the legal profession, becoming just the second woman ever to serve on the nine-member Supreme Court.

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