Before & After: Barc Gets a Happy Makeover

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Brooklyn-based illustrator Hyesu Lee set out to turn a bare wall into a happy place for her local animal shelter, Barc. “Actually, I live nearby Barc shelter and went there every weekend or weekday, after work, to volunteer to walk a dog because I’m a huge animal lover,” Hyesu shares. “However, I didn’t plan on adopting any dogs. And there was this dog, Dutch, that we took out for a walk a lot from Barc. One weekend Vinny, who runs Barc, told us to take him only for the weekend if we want. And ‘only for the weekend’ [became until] now — we ended up adopting him and now he is a beloved member of our family.”

Hyesu continues, “So I went back to Barc recently and volunteered to do [a] mural for them, hoping it helps all the dogs/cats find their ‘furever’ home.” Known for her really fun illustrations for such clients as Toyota, Boston Globe, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Dr. Jart+, Chobani and many more, I’d say Hyesu certainly accomplished her goal, bringing new life into the shelter. Click through the slide show to see her step-by-step process. —Erin 

Photography by Hyesu Lee

  1. Catherine says:

    Dutch <3 I love this! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Catherine says:

      p.s. Carlisle looks like Hope!

  2. Sara says:

    I love Barc, I love this mural, and I love the illustration at the very end! Speaking of, the doggo formerly known as Drew has been adopted as well—by me! He is my favorite floofball.

  3. Bree says:

    why the poop?

  4. t says:

    I love seeing the artist’s process for creating this mural. And Dutch is such a doll.

  5. Kiki says:

    This is über-cute, lovely, beautiful, inspiring, wonderful – and all those pets waiting (on the wall and in the shelter) for their new forever home….. Thank you to this outstanding artist and her work. What a great way to pay forward!!!!

  6. Holland says:

    Wonderful seeing how such an ambitious project unfolds, and the result is just magnificent. Full of feeling and fun. And what a backdrop for adoption day photos!

    As to Bree’s query, “why the poop?” Because, it’s an inescapable part of pet love-and-care, plus it’s just plain humorous. I’m a pet sitter/dog walker and use the poop emoji in texts to clients all the time!

  7. Li says:

    I enjoyed reading this story and seeing this work. Very uplifting. Also happy to see such a cute shot of Dutch, that lucky dog.

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