475 Clermont, designed by New York-based Aufgang Architects, with interiors by Durukan Design, is a 12-story rental building that features a collection of 363 residences and a suite of unique amenities. The building is now home to a 90-foot tall mural by Swiss-born and San-Francisco based muralist Mona Caron and it’s her first project in NYC! Mona is known for her community-specific and multi-story murals celebrating the rebellious resilience of spontaneous urban flora, including giant murals of tiny plants found growing through the pavement at each specific location.
For the mural at 475 Clermont, she wanted to depict a plant that can be called anything but a weed. Mona worked closely with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s curator of native plans and the NYC Greenbelt Native Plant Center on Staten Island to choose a wildflower native to the specific original landscape of the Fort Greene area - The Cohosh (Cimifuga racemosa) which is a medicinal plant used by Native Americans. The mural within the building’s courtyard, only seen from the homes of residents, called for a more introspective botanical subject and to take that to next level, RXR also worked with horticulturalists from Blue Plant NYC that picked up the theme within the landscaping so that this chosen symbolic centerpiece plant may be experienced by residents with touch and smell as well.