Behind-the-scenes look at Hudson Valley artists putting final touches on creations for World Trade Center exhibit
A Hudson Valley couple is hoping to add some light to a place filled with New York’s darkest memories.
News 12's Tara Rosenblum met with BoogieRez on the 69th floor of 4 World Trade Center to see their latest creations.
Boogie came to the U.S. was she was 7 years old from Japan. Rez was born on Long Island and lived in New Jersey.
The self-taught visual art virtuosos share a name - BoogieRez - and a home ever since falling head over heels at a friend's party two decades ago.
They now split their time between Brooklyn and Poughkeepsie creating murals as big and bold as their new Manhattan office.
There were inspired by their diverse life experiences and mutual love for hip-hop and sci-fi anime. Their murals are splashed across the planet from Barcelona to Miami to New York.
Their work captured the attention of Silverstein Properties' chief marketing officer Dara McQuillan, who invited them to work at the World Trade Center rent-free, allowing them to create a public art installation across from the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
"It is meant like bringing life to a place that had the life sucked out of it," says Rez.
Now they are hoping to bring even more light by expanding their budding art empire from outside to inside the World Trade Center.
News 12 was there as BoogieRez put the finishing touches on their next masterpiece - a dozen life-size cartoon figures slated to stand prominently at the upcoming "Art of the World Trade Center" exhibit that will showcase two decades of '"architectural rebirth" post 9/11.
"I'm hoping that we're able to uplift the spirit as we're here creating all these pieces and that's where my energy is," says Rez.