Painting the streets in downtown Binghamton

By Jillian Marshall

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Bold colors and designs are on their way to downtown Binghamton streets, to help build community togetherness and appreciation.

Man One, a nationally recognized artist from Los Angeles, will start painting building-sized murals in Binghamton in May.

Tuesday night, he spoke to more than 150 people on Binghamton University's campus about how murals can bring communities together and make the streets brighter.

"Art can speak to people. And it's a very universal language. So when you go to other cities, you can just speak that language, people will understand it, and what happens is, you create community," Man One said.

He is not yet sure what he will be painting, but said he got ideas from the community Tuesday.

Students and residents painted art work before and after the presentation on what home looks like to them and what they would want to see downtown.

"I'm just talking to people, getting their stories, interacting and also just visually seeing the space, seeing the towns and the buildings and all that," Man One said. "I don't have any preconceived notions of what I am going to paint; I want it to come from the people,"

Man One will be back on May 17 to work with artists to paint four massive murals in downtown Binghamton. He said these murals will serve to unite the community.

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