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Steve Powers continues his Downtown Brooklyn beautification project… God knows the Fulton Street Mall needs it.
This week the support continued to pour in for our buddy, Aidan Jack Seeger, with a gigantic billboard recruiting members for his posse going up on Broadway, under the JMZ line in Brooklyn. Ewok 5MH has some video here.
And if that wasn’t enough, Chino BYI has set up a blog featuring artwork dedicated to Aidan by some of the world’s top graffiti artists, including Steve Powers/Espo, Haze, Faust, Kaves, Lunar YCU (Croatia), Keo, Python, Lemon (Germany), Serch (Zwolle, Netherlands), KR.one, Ces One, Shizel, Wolf, Samp, Mickey (Amsterdam), Cey Adams, and Reas.
There will also be a Ducati Raffle at the INDIAN LARRY block party on Saturday 9/24 (see the schedule), with all proceeds going towards Aidan’s medical bills. The annual block party is always a good time and now it’s paired with a good cause. Hope to see you there!
In today’s issue of The Guardian, author, art director & designer Tristan Manco shared his picks for The 10 Best Street Art Works – In Pictures. Artists include such influential names as Jenny Holzer, JR, Keith Haring, Swoon and Blu, among others. I was also happily surprised to see that one of my Steve Powers pictures from his Love Letters mural project in West Philly had been included in the article. Yes, you can file this post under shameless self promotion.
Back in 2007, Leon Reid (aka Darius Jones, aka VERBS), installed his first legal sculpture right outside of the city court house.
In 2008 Reader made his mark along I-81N
So, basically I’m just braggin’ for a city that hasn’t always had a lot to brag about…and encouraging any artist with a good idea (and some talent) to consider applying for a grant from the city of Syracuse’s
Public Art Commission.
2010 has been yet another crazy year, filled with lots of change, adventure, and as always, fun. The highlight for me was the adoption of my dog Ava, who I consider to be New York’s #1 pit bull street art model. I was also very fortunate in getting to meet and spend time with some really fantastic people, such as ECB, Jef Aerosol, Sweet Toof, Ludo, and Roa, during their stays in the city. My trips to Oaxaca, Art Basel Miami, and getting to see Steve Powers bring his Love Letter project to my hometown of Syracuse were a great way to rounded out the year. After taking a look back on this year, I would like to share some of my favorite photos, people, art & events from 2010 (see Luna Park’s list here).
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Photos include work of: El Mac, Retna, How, Nosm, Aryz, Veng, Themo, Deem, ECB, “Sugar Junkie”, Specter, Sweet Toof, The Dude Company, Ludo, Skewville, C215, Dolk, MOMO, Faile, Swoon, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Lapiztola, Dan Witz, Gaia, Elbow Toe, Sofia Maldonado, Shepard Fairey, Steve Powers, Over Under, N D’A, Broken Crow, Cern, Cekis, Jef Aerosol, Cash4, Smells, Rambo, Trusto Corp, White Cocoa, Rime, Swampy, Celso, Nekst, Paul Richard, Goya, Faro, Darkcloud, Sadue, Gen2, UFO, Roa, Cahil Muraghu, Tati, and Kid Acne
With game six of the World Series coming up tonight, I have the City of Brotherly Love on the mind more than ever. I continue to be amazed and inspired by the Steve Powers Love Letter mural arts project in West Philadelphia. With each trip I take, I enjoy watching the skyline of the area change, enhancing the landscape that is already there. Run down, aging signs from businesses shuttered up years before are now brought back to life by the fresh & vibrant murals that still continue to appear along walls, roof tops, and billboards.
Also appearing shortly, is A Love Letter for You: Love in Transit, a book documenting the creation of the Love Letter series. Though the Gingko Press page for the book does not say as much, I can only assume that the book will feature the photography of the very talented Zoe Strauss, who has been documenting this project since its inception.
This weekend took me back to West Philly to check up on the progress of the Steve Powers mural series “Love Letters“. While the rainy, gray day kept me from taking as many pictures as I would have liked, it was really thrilling to see how far this project has come since the first can of paint was cracked just a few short months ago.
If you find yourself in the Philadelphia area any time soon and would like to see the murals for yourself, you can download a map of mural locations.
While visiting the project headquarters, I had the pleasure of meeting James, a Philly based artist & designer working on everything from the administrative to the community relations aspects of Love Letter. The amount of thought that has been put into the project is clear, but James was able to provide me with a much greater understanding of exactly how deep the community involvement in this project runs. Even beyond the community meetings & the recruitment of local artists, Steve Powers and his collaborators remain engaged in an ongoing dialogue with local business owners and residents to ensure that the art around them has meaning and purpose to the people who will see it every day. Apparently they have been quite successful in this mission, as I hear that there is already talk of keeping the murals in place well beyond their originally planned expiration date.
While the murals are receiving much of the public attention, there is also a free sign school that is being offered by the project. It’s purpose is to teach the basics of sign making to a new generation of West Philadelphia artists while creating new, free signage for businesses along the Market Street corridor.
For a much funnier and more insightful look into the Love Letter public art project, check out the official blog, written by Steve Powers.
Oh, and if you have a new or well functioning Mac computer that you are no longer in need of & would like to donate, don’t be shy!
This past weekend I was visiting my brother in Philadelphia, where I was lucky enough to catch a preview of a new mural project underway in the city. Steve Powers (aka Espo), proves that home really is where the heart is, with this ambitious Mural Arts Program collaboration in his native city of Philadelphia. “Love Letters” is a love story both to and from a community, spanning 30-50 walls, rooftops, and billboards along the Market Street El. The narrative unfolds in the style of old Burma Shave ads as riders travel between 46th and 63rd Streets.
Through countless hours of community outreach, meetings, and even a Facebook page, Powers has brought together hundreds of West Philly residents to shape this project by sharing not only their artistic skills, but their insights on love and what the neighborhood means to them.
Stay tuned for updates and information on the opening in September, which I will definitley not be missing.