STREET-ART FAVES: Photos to Entice the Urban Explorer
Sep 13, 2011 - by Irina
Culture-bots all over NY have an opinion about their favorite spots to oggle street-art and this zeitgeist reporter is no different. This year has been an especially exciting time for the country's most controversial canvasses. Between the Banksy documentary, news that graffiti mecca 5 Pointz will be closing, and the "Art in the Streets" exhibition at LA's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the walls and buildings in the five boroughs have been getting just as much attention as any runway during fashion week. We're here to help you feel included in the conversation - to make sure that you can throw down with an avenue (or two) that boasts tags, colors, and something truly special or unique. In the spirit of the museum round-up we presented a few weeks ago, here are some noteworthy spots to view urban Picasso's throughout New York.
The Broadway-Lafayette train stop recently invited commuters for a little hanky-panky - wonder how many people noticed this on their way to work that morning.
Spotted, the cutest way to declare your love in the East Village. Between the Scrabble theme, the freakin' dog, and the "Triple Hand Squeeze" - I really hope for the artist's sake that Caitlin said YES.
I especially love this one because these birds on Avenue C light up the entire block and make the deli that they decorate much more appealing. Also, the grate that is a natural part of the building is used by the artist as a garbage can that the parrot might or might not be eating out of. It's not New York City without a gully bird.
Everyone knows that the city's subway tunnels house tags both famous and under the radar; artistic or just plain destructive; hidden in crevices or sanctioned by the MTA. Few though have paid attention long enough on the Q or B train between Dekalb Avenue and the Manhattan Bridge to notice Bill Brand's zoetrope. A video of the piece can be glimpsed here in an old New York Times article, but can only be appreciated when you're riding on the train. For the uninitiated, a zoetrope is a motion picture device that creates the illusion of movement through a quick succession of pictures (like how a cartoon was made before Pixar).
5 Pointz: "The Institute of Higher Burnin" is perhaps the most famous outdoor grafitti art exhibit space in all of New York City. Walking around the 200,000 square foot factory building in Long Island City is a hit on the head - a wake-up call to all senses and best experienced with a few rides on the 7 train between Manhattan and Queens (I promise this post is not just about getting readers to travel to the outer-boroughs). Michael De Feo's renowned flower stands alone on one side of the building and the real estate on that piece of wall parchment is immediately understood considering how the rest of what the eye can see is completely covered in aerosol burns, tags and incredible pictures. With news that the building's landlord wants to tear down the iconic site in hopes of constructing a luxury high-rise, many have flocked to online petition sites such as Show Ur Love to 5 Pointz to keep the space just as it is.
We'd love to hear about your favorite street-art sites in the city - tweet me @fineandfringe and show me what you got!