Gallery: Adam Niklewicz’s Charter Oak Tree Mural in Hartford is Activat...

If you look at the brick wall on the side of a former synagogue in downtown Hartford on a dry day, you won't see much -- just a faded, barely visible outline of a tree. But spray some water on it and a big, leafy oak tree comes to life. Last month, artist Adam Niklewicz completed "The Charter Oak," a water-activated mural that depicts the massive tree, which is a symbol of the American spirit of independence. In order to make it water-activated, Niklewicz covered the brick surface surrounding the mural in water-repelling Rust-Oleum, while leaving the tree untreated.

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