Master Battlecat, by Nychos
He is fierce, glaring with his yellow eyes, with a toothy grin that can be seen all the way to Cranston Street blocks away. A fish flops near his feet.
The skeletal form of the giant cat is like a protector for the neighborhood, overlooking the Providence Housing Authority Education and Training Center and the basketball court at Codding Court.
The Austrian artist Nychos is internationally famous for his unique style of skeletons and dissection, and The Avenue Concept's head mural curator Nick Platzer, who founded Inoperable Art Gallery in Vienna, had known him for years. Platzer invited Nychos to Providence last year and found him this giant wall.
Nychos chose to paint a snow leopard (which is at the Roger Williams Park Zoo), and the fish to represent restoration in the Blackstone River. Local residents welcomed the artist's attention. "They were so appreciative of us choosing to do it in their neighborhood and not downtown," said Platzer. "That's why we do it. We hope it will inspire some kids, adults, everybody."
"For such an impressive piece of work, they did it so quickly," said Lourdes Morales, who lives in Codding Court. "It was amazing to watch them work."
The wall "was an eyesore before," Morales said, "and it turned into a work of art.