YONKERS, N.Y. -- Artist Stephanie Pollack has given the Cross County Shopping Center's children's area a new look.
Pollack, who runs Watercolor Designs by Stephanie, was commissioned to complete a 45 foot long by three foot tall mural on the back wall of the playground in mid-September and created a jungle wonderland for kids to enjoy. The mural was completed Sept. 27.
“I wanted to paint a graphic that would entertain and inspire kids,” said Pollack. “The mural showcases a variety of animals and is colorful and eye-catching. All day, kids have stopped by to watch me paint and are excited to see the animals come to life.”
The playground, which is affectionately called “The Zoo Zone” by shoppers, consists of seven play pieces with an animal theme, such as a hippo, lion, giraffe and a centerpiece tree-house slide.
Pollack, who is based in Florida January through June, was visiting the area and submitted design sketches that caught the attention of mall managers.
The play area was installed as part of Cross County Shopping Center’s $250 million renovation and expansion, which was completed in the fall of 2011. Today there are thousands of children who visit the play area each month.
“It’s important for us to keep updating our look as well as new stores,” said Pat Natale, senior property manager. “The play area, free parking and outdoor seating are just some of the convenient amenities we hope shoppers will continue to enjoy.”
More information on new stores and other events taking place at Cross County Shopping Center is available online.