Just east of Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY, is P.S. 19 Marino P. Jeantet School. Located in the Corona neighborhood, the elementary school recently underwent an extensive expansion to accommodate the overcrowding of students, which it has experienced for many years. As part of the renovation, the New York City School Construction Authority (NYCSCA) hosted a local design competition to construct a tile mural in the new lobby.
After much consideration, the NYCSCA awarded the winning design to collage artist, Cheryl Molnar, a Long Island native who is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Molnar’s paintings are representations of fantastical, natural spaces in relationship to urban architectural forms. “The NYCSCA liked her composition, which included many elements from the 1964 New York World's Fair, which was held in Flushing Meadows Park,” said Andru Eron, owner of N.Y. Tilemakers in Brooklyn, NY. “Cheryl is a painter, so she hired N.Y. Tilemakers to create a mosaic mural and translate her imagery and painterly style into ceramic tiles. We also installed the mural.”