Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca artist has come forward with an idea to transform a blank gray wall next to a heavily trafficked bus stop into a piece of public art.

In a proposal to the city, Nicholas E. Gilbert asks for permission to create a mural “with the intention of displaying the extraordinary bond between a mother and her child,” according to documents Gilbert submitted to the city.

Gilbert’s mural would be placed at the entrance of the Seneca Street Parking Garage between North Tioga Street and Aurora Street. The project would receive funding from ¡Cultura! Ithaca, according to the city.

It would be “budget-neutral” to the city, according to documents submitted by the Planning and Economic Development Committee.

Here’s a sketch he submitted to Ithaca’s Public Arts Commission:

The current site:

The approximate location of the proposed mural:

Gilbert writes that he hopes to “create a unique mural using rich vibrant colors and creating an ideal composition for the proposed space.”

“I have always loved Latino art and hoped to one day create public art,” Gilbert said in the proposal.

He lists Salvardor Dali and Antoni Gaudi as two of his heroes.

Here’s some of his previous work, according to documents he submitted to the city:

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.