The Edgecombe Correctional Facility, on the outskirts of New York City, allowed the street artist Shaya Weinberger to paint abstract works in bright colors on the walls of the institution, sources say. The costs were covered by the correctional facility itself.

The graffiti are located at the entrance, in the inner rooms and in the yard for recreation of the prison.
Shaya Weinberger, who got into a lot of trouble for painting graffiti in New York City, says that the prison is one of the most unusual places in which he painted and wanted his work to have universal significance, because most of the prisoners were either Latino or African-American.

"I wanted to make abstract images that have nothing recognizable and in which everyone can find some symbolic meaning, adding that he received inspiration from the sea and the islands.”
Shaya got arrested for drawing graffiti back in 2003, but was not charged the first time. This time, after trial, he got a 6-month community work with 3-4 months in prison. The last thing he saw while still being free was the bay-area leaving him craving for the seas and oceans.

Prison Warden Tuomo Yunkar says the artwork fosters different thoughts and feelings among prisoners, after months of staring at the gray walls. Edgecombe have done this after another jail already did this with another art graffiti artist.
"I said he could do it right away," said Yunkar, adding that between 2 km of concrete walls in the establishment - "there is no problem finding a place."

One of the prisoners thinks the new look of the prison looks "refreshing", while another is not sure how the public will react to it.

"I'm worried that the citizens will think - oh, now they draw on the prison walls, next they’ll probably next get a rubber castle for jumping," he said.