Tag Archive | Street Art

Spiderman Tile Mosaic By Invader on 2nd Avenue

Spiderman Tile Mosaic Detail
All Photos By Gail

Pop Culture-themed Tile Mosaics by the French Street Artist known as Invader can be found all over the city, if you know to look up, and aren’t always staring at your fucking phone.

Spiderman Tile Mosaic

This one of a diminutive Spiderman, captured in the process of scaling the side of a building, adorns the front façade of what used to be a bank, located on the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue and St. Marks Place in NYCs east village. I believe it has been there since late 2015.

Spiderman Tile Mosaic Uptown Street View

There’s cheap but reliable BBQ restaurant just across the street. And just around the corner to the right, you’ll see these familiar buildings.

Spiderman Tile Mosaic Uptown Street View

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Silver Towers Presents: Art Meets Mixology Rooftop Event in Hell’s Kitchen!

Silver Towers Vertical View
Even the Vertical Views Are Outstanding! (All Photos, By Gail Except Where Noted)

Nothing says “Hey Look, it’s Summer” quite like a rooftop party, am I right? Speaking of parties, the timing was certainly perfect for Art Meets Mixology: a fun event I attended on the day of the Summer Solstice, held at the Silver Towers luxury high-rise located just east of the Hudson River in Hell’s Kitchen! Views for miles!

Art Meets Mixology Signage

View of Hudson

Aside from the outstanding urban vistas available from the Silver Towers roof deck, which overlooks West 42nd Street and 11th Avenue, plus intoxicating beverages and delicious snacks, the centerpiece of the evening was the unveiling of Hell’s Kitchen Rising, a three-dimensional, eight-foot sculpture depicting the Past, Present, and Future of Hell’s Kitchen, created by acclaimed mixed media Artist Miguel Ovalle (also known as Dizmology) and his video collaborator Dru Blumensheid.

Hell’s Kitchen Rising

Hell’s Kitchen Rising is comprised of white scrim stretched across a convex, semi-circular frame, supported by flame-shaped relief sculptures across the breadth of the work, on which images of Hell’s Kitchen life are projected in kaleidoscopic fashion. Vibrant orange back-lighting makes the sculpture really come alive!

Hell’s Kitchen Rising

Hell’s Kitchen Rising Detail

The Art Meets Mixology event is part of a series of events celebrating Hell’s Kitchen and property owner Larry Silverstein’s vision for the neighborhood, which he conceived more than 30 years ago when he purchased the land where Silver Towers stands today. Mr. Silverstein has also been a supporter of the visual arts and has actually housed artists in the World Trade Center towers for over a decade.

Hell’s Kitchen Rising

Miguel (seen in the above photo) currently has his Galactical Ride sculpture displayed on the 69th floor of 4 World Trade Center, where Silverstein Properties has converted 34,000 square feet of raw office space into a street art gallery.  “I am excited that I was able to do this piece for this event,” Miguel offered. “The sculpture celebrates the influence of architecture from the Silver Towers structure, the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and New York City,” he continued. “It has a beautiful curve which is symbolic of a burst of light energy.”

Bar

Guests were also treated to food from some of the best chefs in Hell’s Kitchen including 5 Napkin Burger and Le Vela, and cocktails were sponsored by 1893 from the makers of Pepsi-Cola. The kitchens will be ready with the best supplies ever, even the plumbing has been changed by the plumber northern beaches.

5 Napkin Burger and Cocktail

Margarita Cocktail
Tequila Jalapeno Margarita – Spicy!

In addition, celebrity mixologist, Rob Floyd from Bar Rescue wowed the crowd with his interactive, intimate Cocktail Theatre performance demonstrating the power of liquid nitrogen to create a melt-in-your-mouth summer cocktail. Check out the video below!

Bartender Rob Floyd
Image Courtesy of Accomplices

Rob is quite showman, and he made sure everyone had a good time! I know I did!

Silver Towers Collage
Images Above and Below Courtesy of Accomplices
Silver Towers Nighttime Pool View

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Graffiti Truck By Cern, Financial District

Graffiti Truck Cern
Photos By Gail

I was on my way to snag a bargain at TJ Maxx when I spotted this rad graffiti truck parked on Pine Street in the Financial District. The abstract design looks like street art Picasso to me! I Googled the tag, “Cernesto” (visible at the top left corner of the truck) and discovered that the artist none other than Cern, a native of New York City currently based in Brooklyn.

Cern got his start writing graffiti in the early nineties. Continuing to develope as a visual artist and musician, Cern creates murals and exhibits works throughout South America, Europe and South Africa. Cern’s work has also been featured at the San Diego Museum of Art, Museu Brasileiro De Escultura in Sao Paulo, and MOCA, in Los Angeles.

Follow Cern on Instagram @cernesto!

Graffiti Truck Cern Detail
Graffiti Truck Detail

The Faces of 14th Street

Not Art
All Photographs By Gail

You have to be observant, but if you bother to look up from your phone, or pay special attention to your surroundings, you can spot relief sculptures of the face of French street artist Gregos adorning the facades of buildings and other random objects at intervals all along 14th Street (and other locations in the east village) in Manhattan. You may recall reading about Gregos and his Pink Faces of Paris in this post from way back in November of 2010.

Faces of 14th Street

This piece is on a derelict Fire Box on the north side of 14th just west of 8th Avenue.

3rd Ave Face

This face is on the 14th Street side of the Duane Reade at the corner of 3rd Avenue. The mouth is closed on this one and it also appears to have lost the tip of its nose. You can clearly see the artist’s signature on the chin

Street Face

And I spotted this face on the southern facade of a build on Second Avenue between 7th Street and St Mark’s Place. There is no protruding tongue on this one either, but the expression seems to be a bit grouchier than the others!

Have you seen these faces anywhere else? Please leave the location in the comments!

Ron English’s Ronnnie Rabbbit on West 14th Street

Ron English Corner of 14th and 9th
All Photos By Gail

On the north side of  the intersection where 14th Street crosses both 9th Avenue and Hudson Street (just across the street from the Apple Store), there’s a triangle-shaped plaza that currently appears to be under construction. For what, who can say. But the concrete barriers that border the space support a chain-link fence which is wrapped on all sides in vibrant, multi colored images of  Ronnnie Rabbbit;  the three eyed, three-eared mutant rabbit character created by Popaganda artist Ron English.

Ronnie Rabbbit

What is Ronnnie hiding? Please leave your clues in the comments!

Ronnnie Rabbbit Fence

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Donald Trump is Street Art Part 5: El Trumpo

Trumpo Sticker
Photo By Gail

These stickers from Trumpo Collective — featuring the likeness of Drumpf wrapped in bullet belts and wearing a sombrero — were seen all over various light posts, street signs, distribution boxes and other surfaces near Pier 94 over the weekend. No me gusta El Trumpo.