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Buff Monster and Crash BR163 Murals on Tienley Enterprises Building

Buff Monster and Crash Murals Photo By Gail Worley
All Photos By Gail

On one not-so-sunny Saturday afternoon back in February, I went for a long walk — an Urban Art Safari as I like to call them — on the Lower East Side. This happened a full month before any kind of lockdown thing was even a glimmer of an idea, which you can tell because there are cars and people in the photos

I didn’t realize at the time what a valuable resource the photos I took that day would become, as they now provide much-needed content for this blog. It’s not been easy to wander far from home in these past five or six weeks. Who’s even keeping track? Anyway, it must have been a very long time since I’d walked this particular route, because I discovered all kinds of cool street art that had in some cases been up for six months or longer. Time flies when you don’t know what you’re doing.

Buff Monster Mural Photo By Gail

At the intersection of Chrystie and Broome there’s a building whose tenant is Tienley Enterprises, Inc., a company that offers the wholesale distribution of Asian groceries and related products. The eastern and southern-facing sides of this building are covered with colorful murals by renowned street artists Buff Monster, and John “Crash” Matos with BR163, respectively. Both murals were part of the Lisa Project in conjunction with the World Pride Mural Project  and went up in the late summer of 2019.

Buff Monster Mural Photo By Gail
Buff Monster World Pride Mural Faces the Southbound Lane of Chrystie Street

I like this photo mostly for the surprised-looking guy taking on his phone while smoking a cigarette. I didn’t even notice him when I took the photo. Now, I feel he deserves to be so immortalized forever.

Buff Monster Mural on Christie Photo By Gail Worley

Here’s an almost identical shot without the guy. Tell me in the comments which one you like better.

green mr melty by buff monster photo by gail worley

You guys already know Mister Melty, right?

buff monster mural detail photo by gail worley

Here’s a rare — and very much appreciated — flash of blue sky!

Tienley Ent Inc photo by gail worleyTienley Ent Inc photo by gail worley

Once we can travel freely again, I will perhaps return to the scene and take a few fresh snaps, because the mural is so detailed. If I could get one without any cars on the street, that would be super sweet.

crash and BR163 mural photo by gail worley

Here’s a pretty nice shot of the Crash BR163 collaborative mural, which covers the Broome Street side of the building.

Felix the cat photo by gail worley

These Murals are Located at 125 Chrystie Street, Northwest Corner at Broome Street on the LES, NYC.

Buff Monster and Crash Murals Photo By Gail Worley

Awesome Graffiti Box Truck!

Scanar Harry Bones Hoacs Musa JAT
All Photos By Gail

The Graffiti Box Truck is not that rare of a thing in NYC; you see them all the time. But what is rare is one that features contributions from maybe a half-dozen graffiti artists from across the globe. This one features tags and murals from Scaner (Canada), Harry Bones (Spain), RASK (Los Angeles), Hoacs (NYC), MUSA (Spain) and others, and that’s just what I could see on the two sides of the truck that I was able to shoot from the sidewalk!

Grim Reaper

From what I could gather from Google searches, this truck has been on the street at least since 2018.

Graffiti Box Truck

Photographed on Chrystie Street, Downtown NYC.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Graffiti Mail Box


All Photos By Gail

Photographer Stephen Shore, known for his images of banal scenes and objects, has observed that “Paying attention all the time is an interesting way to go through the day,” and I could not possibly agree more. I am always on the look-out for cool and unusual Pink Things for the blog, and I surely could have walked right by this fabulously pink banal object if I wasn’t paying close attention! Ladies and gentlemen, I present this week’s pink thing: the Pink Graffiti Mail Box!

Pink Mail Box

A closer inspection of all four sides of the box will reveal that it is no ordinary mail box, but rather one of those formerly-dark-green mail storage boxes, officially known as a Postal Relay Box. I looked it up.

Pink Mail Box

Aside from having been originally vandalized by being painted pink, the box is quite clearly covered with stickers, wheat pastes, stencils and graffiti from a collection of local street artists, who have marked their territory as a dog marks a hydrant. I see Phoebe New York! Also located close by: Graffiti Dumpster!

Pink Mail Box

I especially like the little Slug, seen above.

Photographed at the Corner of Chrystie and Rivington Streets on the Lower East Side, NYC.

Update 1/28/20: I just found out that this Pink Mail Box is part of the Love Letters Project. Sadly, this box has been moved by the Post Office, but oou can see more works like this under the hastag #poetwastaken on Instagram!

Vandal Gummy Bear on Stanton Street

WhIsBe Gummy Bear
Photo By Gail

Here’s well-preserved example of anonymous street artist WhIsBe’s Vandal Gummy series, for which he places an image of a Candy Gummy Bear against a Prison Mugshot Background. According to the artist’s Wiki page, “The juxtaposition between the harshness of the Department of Corrections and the innocence of the piece of candy encourages viewers to examine institutions and has become a hallmark of WhIsBe’s body of work.”

Photographed at 19 Stanton Street, Just East of Chrystie Street, LES, NYC.

The Egg House Pop Up Attraction on Chrystie Street!

Egg House Post Card
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Eggs? I sure do. If you like Eggs and also enjoy visiting the weird little artsy pop-up events that happen in NYC every so often, such as the Museum of Ice Cream and The Musuem of Feelings, then you will want to check out The Egg House. Celebrating its grand opening this past weekend, The Egg House is an egg-themed pop up featuring immersive installations and offering a multi-sensory, interactive experience, not to mention — but you can see I am about to — the thing that the kids seem to love most these days: endless Instagram /selfie opportunities!

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Os Gemeos with JR Collaborative Mural on Chrystie Street

Os Gemeos and JR Mural
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One thing leads to another, as they say. I was actually in the middle of an urban Art Safari for this project when I looked west across Chrystie Street and saw something that looked very familiar to me.

Os Gemeos and JR Mural

The interwebs tell me that back in August of 2015, the Brazilian twin aritsts Os Gemeos joined up with French wheat-paster JR to decorate the brick facade of 199 Chrystie Street. You can see the three trademark Os Gemeos characters: two interacting with / tagging the architecture, with one holding up a sign bearing JR’s signature eyeball graphic. Fun!

Os Gemeos and JR Mural

A reminder to look up more often!

Os Gemeos

This Mural is Located at 199 Chrystie Street, LES, NYC.

Ai Weiwei’s Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, In and Around NYC!

Gilded Cage Central Park
Ai Weiwei’s Gilded Cage in Central Park (All Photos By Gail)

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has a new series of public art sculpture installations up in Manhattan and across the five boroughs, which is called Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. Inspired by the international migration crisis and current geopolitical landscape, the ambitious project is installed in over 300 locations, including two monumental sculptures situated within in highly-trafficked Manhattan parks, along with security fences on top of, and in between, buildings (such as The Cooper Union), and several bus shelters. In addition, there are also graphic and photographic works on flags, billboards and lamppost banners. I saw a lot of these banners along Chrystie Street, which is where I also got my first glimpse of one.

Fence On Chrystie
Rooftop Fence Installation at 189 Chrystie Street

Fence On Chrystie

Ai’s metal fence is designed as a modular form, readily adaptable to the existing architecture, to span and partition the space.

Fence On Chrystie

You can still see the fences at night, because they are illuminated.

Fence On Bowery
Rooftop Fence Installation on Bowery

Don’t forget to look up!

Bus Shelter at Ave C and E 6th Street
Bus Shelter at Ave C and E 6th Street

Gilded Cage Central Park

While it’s fun to spot the fences, it’s the interactive sculptures in the parks that really bring the Instagram Moments. Gilded Cage located at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park (at 5th Avenue and 60th Street) can be entered on one side.

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