Franco the Great's Gate Murals Preservation Project

Due to new urban design regulations created by the City of New York in its 2008 rezoning of 125th Street, all solid metal roll-down storefront security gates must be removed from the corridor by 2026.

Harlem CDC has partnered with Team Franco/Save the Gates of Harlem to develop a preservation plan for gate murals created by internationally renowned artist Franco the Great.  

In order to protect 30 years of Franco’s artwork, an important Harlem legacy, plans have been made to remove the gates from local storefronts, frame them and create a temporary or permanent art exhibit in underutilized public space.

Discussions with the City of New York and community partners are ongoing to ensure  the gate murals of “Harlem’s Picasso” are preserved and displayed in the most effective manner.

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