Rebound and Rebuild

  • A "Rebound and Rebuild" banner is adjacent to a dove of hope that takes to the sky as the community works hard below.
  • Deloitte staff take the time to paint together and reflect on the challenges that Sandy brought to their area.
  • The bright strips of color represent the beams of flashlights passing over the scene at Red Hook when the power was out.
  • Each individual depicted in this scene has a red letter over their heart, together spelling "Red Hook," to show that each person has their own connection to the neighborhood and each depends on the rest to make the community whole.

Project Description

During a one day mural painting event, Deloitte employees expressed their solidarity with Red Hook in the devastating wake of Superstorm Sandy. Lead artist Esteban Del Valle met with a committee of young adults representing the Red Hook Initiative to explore the experience and impact of Superstorm Sandy within the community. This discourse inspired the final design, which Deloitte employees then painted. Red Hook residents expressed their Superstorm Sandy experience within a context of first the initial impact and then the involved process of rebuilding and recovery. The resulting image depicts many different factions of the community coming together to stave off the damage of the storm, while simultaneously revitalizing the neighborhood. The project brought different stakeholders of the community together, not just within the mural image, but in the process of its creation. The project engaged groups that may not otherwise have had the opportunity to share their common connection with the events of Superstorm Sandy. The one day mural painting event proved both a time to give back but to also reflect on the images together, amid the peaceful process of creating, side by side.

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Project Info

Location: 767 Hicks Street Brooklyn, NY 11231
Red Hook

Community Commission



Deloitte and Touche
Red Hook Initiative

Lead Artist(s):
Esteban del Valle

Assistant Artist(s):
DonChristian Jones



Deloitte volunteers
Acrylic on Canvas

Dimensions: 8 x 8ft

Fun Facts

Suggested Activity
To learn how you can continue to support New Yorkers in need following Superstorm Sandy, visit
For New Yorkers still recovering from the storm, the NYC Build it Back program is designed to make available Federal aid, including grants and loans, simple and understandable.
Fun Fact
On Impact Day, tens of thousands of Deloitte personnel volunteer on approximately 800 community service projects in 80 communities.