As you enter or exit the G Train Station at the corner of Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenues in Brooklyn, depending on which direction you walk from there, and whether or not your face is buried in your phone, it is pretty hard to miss this bold and very Colorful Abstract Mural that covers an entire facade of the apartment building that is also home to the Greenpoint Deli. Wow, it is really breathtaking.
I snapped these photos on my way back to Manhattan after attending the Five Points Festival and, sadly, the storm clouds were just rolling in, so I’m afraid that the sky is rather dark, which makes for not-so-pretty photos. Bummer.
Up since October of 2017, the mural is the work of Swedish artist Ola Kalnins, who was commissioned by Peter Kirchhausen, the building’s owner, to create this site-specific piece. Kalnins painted the mural on this four-story building over the course of eight days, with the aid of a movable lift. You can watch a fun short (3 minute) film on the story behind the mural at This Link!
Well, if you haven’t had a chance too see the above iteration of the Houston Bowery Mural Wall, it’s officially too late, because the colorful piece, by Bronx-based graffiti consortium, Tats Cru, was painted over during the Memorial Day Weekend. And that’s why I’m here: to tell and show you what you missed. You’re welcome.
The Mural Kings went up in late January of 2019 as an homage to NYC and the Lower East Side, including a shout out to the late Keith Haring (who, back in 1982, was the first artist to create a site-specific mural for the now legendary street canvas). Tats Cru is the first full graffiti crew to paint a mural here.
The mural also honors green activist and advocate Liz Christy (1950 – 1985), who created NYC’s first community garden, which still thrives just across the street from the mural.
Tats Cru has spearheaded the battle to change the public’s perspective of graffiti as an art form through their respected work.Their murals adorn the walls of major corporations, museums, schools and iconic New York City Institutions
NYC has really gone all out for Pride Month and it is so great to see everybody getting into the spirit of love and unity. With so much inspiring signage and art work popping up everywhere you look, it’s challenging to document even a small fraction of it, but I was walking home from brunch this past Saturday and passed by this storefront mural by Royce Bannon (AKA @Roycer_700), which currently resides on Avenue A near East 3rd Street. It appears to have gone up in the past few weeks specifically in honor of Pride Month and will like stay up as long as it can.
The Rainbow “Monsters” are Bannon’s signature characters, which he incorporates into much of his public artwork.
I think it’s safe to say that most street art fans know who Invader is and can identify his work on sight. But for those who are out of the loop, Invader is a French street artist known for his ceramic tile mosaics modeled on the pixelated art of 1970s–1980s 8-bit video games, many of which depict the titular aliens from the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders. His work is in every major city around the globe, and I see it on the streets of NYC all the time. Invader’s simplest works look exactly like the tile mosaic you see above, but that colorful little guy is actually a customized air vent that I saw at the recent International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). It is a pretty genius design, if you ask me.
The company that makes these vents is called Aria Vent and this model is a version of their Aria Lite line. It’s made from high quality plastic, to be more affordable, and its minimalist design (the vent is just the tiny black rectangle you see in the middle of the mosaic) means that it is almost invisible to the eye. Aria Vents are a smart solution for the home that has children or pets. They are designed to catch items that kids can drop down air ducts, and they’re also flat, with no crevices that pet tags could get caught in.
This unit can be retrofitted and installed on any finished surface. Customers can also use their surface material to customize vent. This street art tile mosaic vent design would be ideally suited to the home of any art lover! Find out more about Aria Vents at their website, Aria Vent Dot Com!
This fun mural features an urban rodent character called Rat Boi, and it is a collaboration from street artists Sheryo and The Yok. The mural went up on Allen Street (as part of The New Allen project) in October of 2017.
Artist Curtis Kulig’s popular Love Me campaign can be found on everything from Tote Bags and Baseball Caps to Jewelry and Nike sneakers. But sometimes you just see it out on the street, where it originated.
This minimalist mural, which just says Love twice in black and again in pink paint, was spotted while I was headed uptown on Sixth Avenue, somewhere between Dominick and Spring Street in SoHo, NYC.
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!
From what I could gather from Google searches, this truck has been on the street at least since 2018.