CORONA — A wall of the soon-to-be-expanded Il Triangolo restaurant on Corona Avenue and Junction Boulevard has been transformed into a vision of Venice thanks to a nonprofit helping transform local streets.
Artist Vince Ballentine worked on the wall for more than a week, sketching out a scene of a gondola traveling down a canal in Venice.
He mainly does character work, he said, but also enjoys large mural projects like this one.
"I enjoy creating myself, but when the client comes in with a good idea it makes me happy," he said.
The mural is part of 501 (See) (Streets), a nonprofit founded by Noah Sheroff, who said he wants to beautify communities through public art.
The group has facilitated murals across the city, including a series of murals around The Bronx that feature legendary New York Yankees and a mural on the Hell Gate Bridge underpass in Astoria.
Il Triangolo is currently under construction and should be finished next year, its owner said.