Tag Archive | 14th Street

John Mosler’s First Large Scale Sculpture Decusatio Now On View Outside The Norwood Club!

Decusation by John Mosler
All Photos By Gail

Brooklyn-based artist John Mosler’s first large-scale outdoor sculpture, Decusatio – meaning Intersection in Latin – is now installed on the terrace at Norwood, the historic townhouse and private members club at 241 West 14th Street. The figurative work was informed by its 14th Street location which, for many, has come to serve as a delineation point between uptown and downtown.

Placed on the balcony, Decusatio is hard to miss; rising over eight feet tall, and painted in a vibrant yellow hue. The work offers a conceptual framework that is intended to respect and enhance the Club and its history, while simultaneously connecting to the location, activity and history in the surrounding area.

Decusation Sculpture

Decusatio’s placement required innovative technical and engineering applications by the artist to ensure it was light enough to be easily placed on a metal balcony, while also durable enough to withstand the outdoor elements.  Mosler offers, “The figurative over tone and the bright yellow color is intended to capture the intersection of humanity and the vibrant human interaction in the surrounding physical environment.”

Decusation Close Up

Martin Kesselman, color influencer and owner of INCOLOUR, worked with Mosler on finding the right hue. “Yellow tends to be perceived in many different ways, more so than other colors,” he explains. “We wanted to stay clear of a frosty cast, one that may veer green. Natural exterior light can play some trickery, so we had to walk that warm and cool fine line.”

Norwood Club Exterior

About Norwood:

The Andrew Norwood House is an elegant urban residence designed in a transitional style which combines Greek revival and italianate features. A remarkably preserved slice of early Victorian architecture and lifestyle – both inside and out; the House is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.In 2007 Alan Linn opened Norwood Club, a bustling five-story club with more than 1,100 members ranging from 21 to 80 years old. Its ranks include architects, artists, fashion designers, musicians, media moguls, and art collectors.

Decusation at Night

Pink Thing of The Day: Pinky and The Brain Graffiti Truck

Pinky and The Brain Box Truck
Photo By Gail

This colorful box truck decorated with graffiti and a terrific image of Pinky and The Brain was spotted on East 14th Street near First Avenue.

The text on the truck says, “Tell a friend to tell a friend that it’s them again…”

Stained Glass Mural By @Tapeartist on Avenue C Bus Shelter

Tape Artist Bus Station
All Photos By Gail

When I arrived for the start of my morning commute at the bus stop near the corner of Avenue C and 14th Street, adjacent to Stuyvesant Town, I encountered a lovely surprise in the form of this psychedelic tape mural stretching across the back glass of the bus shelter. The geometric design by E.S. Klein, also known as Tape Artist, (@tapeartist) must have gone up prior to this past holiday weekend. I love it!

Tape Artist Stained Glass Mural Detail

The multi-color design is meticulously applied and really brightens up the bus shelter. My guess is that Klein put this up over the course of couple of late night sessions.

Tape Artist Tag

I hope that the City and the MTA lets it stay up.

Bus Stop Sign

If you want to add the Stained Glass Tape Mural to your next Urban Street Art Safari, here is the Bus Shelter’s location.

Bus Shelter

Tape Artist Stained Glass Mural Detail

Update: As of Friday 10/13 at 7:30 AM, This Mural Has Been Removed. Sadness!

Abandoned Gold Mannequin Torso

Gold Mannequin Torso
All Photos By Gail

On the way to the laundromat with a load of clothes, I passed by this spray-painted gold, female mannequin torso, which has been discarded curbside, atop an old wooden cabinet, and other assorted detritus, on East 14th Street in anticipation of the weekend garbage pick up.

Gold Mannequin Torso 1

I can’t say if the black magic marker designs on the nipples is part of the artwork, or just the evidence of neighborhood teenage boys acting like juvenile idiots.

Gold Mannequin Torso Back

She had additional “comments” scrawled in the same black marker on her backside. I can only assume they were rude in nature.

Gold Mannequin Torso Upshot

I hope an artist found her and took her home.

The Mystery of The Green Monster Hand

Green Monster Hand Detail
All Photos By Gail

It’s been a few weeks now since I first noticed the Green Monster Hand giving what looks like some kind of a two-finger salute of unknown meaning (I don’t think the fingers are spread apart enough to make it a proper peace sign, but I could be wrong). I can’t say when exactly it went up, but considering I pass by this block (Avenue B between 13th and 14th Streets) almost daily, I think it’s relatively new.

I like it.

Green Monster Hand

Yes, It Exists: Giant Banana With a Mustache

Giant Banana With a Mustache
Photo By Gail

This Giant Banana with a villainous, handlebar Moustache  was spotted sitting on the sidewalk outside The Church of the Immaculate Conception on 14th Street just east of First Avenue, being part of the church’s weekly weekend rummage sale. I hope he found a good home.

Subway Cop

Subway Cop
Photo By Gail

This tiny bronze MTA Policewoman sculpture was spotted on patrol above ground at the elevator to the A C E line at 14th Street and 8th Avenue. Art by Tom Otterness as part of his Life Underground series for MTA Arts & Design.

Head in My Hands

Head in My Hands
Photo By Gail

This is what I feel like at end of long and grueling week at the day gig. Here, we see that feeling manifested in bronze sculpture by artist Tom Otterness, as part of his urban fantasy sculpture series, Life Underground, found throughout the 8th Avenue and 14th Street Subway station in downtown Manhattan.

Product Review: Daiya Dairy-Free Strawberry Cream Cheese Style Spread

Daiya Diary Free Container
All Photos By Gail

Do you like cream cheese? I sure do. And if it’s got some fruit in it, all the better. I first heard about Daiya Dairy Free Cream Cheese Spreads at last Summer’s Food Fete and I became an instant fan!

After a bit of searching, I was recently able to locate Daiya‘s Strawberry Cream Cheese Style Spread at Whole Foods on 14th Street and have been enjoying it on my morning toast.

Daiya Diary Free Container Open
It Looks Pretty Good, Right?

This spread has an authentic, cream cheese tanginess with a not-too-sweet flavor of real strawberries mixed in. The texture is very smooth and creamy, and it spreads easily without tearing the bread — which can sometimes be an issue with regular cream cheese. Daiya also makes this spread in Plain and Chive and Onion flavors, which would be great for use in making savory party snacks!

Daiya Spread on Toasted English Muffin

And while it tastes great on a toasted bagel or English Muffin, it can be used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for Cream Cheese, so feel free to get creative! Find out more about Daiya Dairy Free cheese products — including their new Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza — plus discover amazing recipes and find out where to buy delicious Daiya products at Daiya Foods Dot Com.

Hanging Astronaut

Hanging Astronaut Close Up
“Ground Control to Major Tom…”

I’ve been seeing what I call the Hanging Astronaut for the past week, twice daily as I travel between my home on East 14th Street and Union Square on the way to and from the subway. As it turns out, the Hanging Astronaut is actually a work of sculpture/street art by artist Emil Alzamora entitled Retrograde. You can read more about the Hanging Astronaut at This Link, although the page misidentifies the location of the intriguing sculpture.

Hanging Astronaut Shot From Curb

As you can see by my photos, he is currently hanging in front of the Beauty Bar cocktail lounge on 14th St. between Second and Third Avenues. As part of the Art in Odd Places project, expect to see the Astronaut up only until Monday, October 15th, 2012.

Hanging Astronaut with Beauty Bar Sign