OK, I have spent several days scouring the Internet for any indication that this very Banksy-sque stencil mural — which depicts a Wall Street Banker-type panhandling for “Any Job” while a female Robot hands him what looks like a Burrito (but is probably a handful of cash)– is, in fact, a Banksy, but I can’t find any evidence to confrm that suspicion. My guess is that the piece is called Looking For Any Job, as the man’s sign suggests.
The mural is painted just inside a cinderblock wall corridor adjacent to a service door at 7 Pine Street, in the Financial District, where I’m guessing employees of the building lurk while taking their smoking breaks, based on the cigarette butt evidence that can clearly be seen. I have no idea how long it’s been there, but I’ve worked in the neighborhood for well over ten years and I just noticed it for the first time a few months ago, which means nothing. Is it a Banksy? Sound off in the comments!
Any weekday that I walk south on Wall Street towards Water Street to catch a bus home, I pass by this otherwise unremarkable Dollar Sign-Shaped Bike Rack, which not everyone knows was designed by Talking Heads frontman, Fine Artist and Avid Bicyclist David Byrne. Until some time last year (I didn’t pay attention to exactly when this changed) there was an inverted paper coffee up — which no one would stop long enough to remove –covering the upward end of the ‘S’ shape. The cup was there for about two years: I swear I am not even exaggerating that point.
The Wall Street Dollar Sign is one of nine custom Bike Racks created by Byrne in 2008, whose shapes pay homage to specific NYC neighborhoods. You can read more about them at This Link.
This Subway Sandwich Shop, located at Broadway and Pine Street in the Financial District, is nestled at the foot of a staircase leading up from an exit for the 4 and 5 trains at the Wall Street station.
Near the Water Street side of the plaza at 88 Pine Street is a two-piece abstract sculpture called East West Gate, by Taiwanese artist Yu Yu Yang (1926 – 1997), consisting of a large shiny stainless steel disk standing upright next to a 16-foot-tall steel rectangle with a circular hole in it, suggesting that the disk has been cut from the rectangle.
This circle in the square creates an intriguing visual and philosophical perspective for the viewer who repeatedly regresses in the reflection of the disk.
Yang’s works show a rich variety of forms and subjects with their essences based on Chinese cultures through expressions that incorporate both eastern and western aesthetics. A renowned sculptor, environmental designer and architect, Yang was a versatile and prolific artist who left behind a great legacy of art.
According to hot tips all over the Interwebs today, Radiohead will be playing / appearing at the ongoing protest / Freak Show known as Occupy Wall Street today, Friday September 30th, at around 4:00 PM. This should really be a hot mess, as police are making anyone even trying to get onto Wall Street show proof that they work on the block in order to get access. If you make it down, please leave a comment on this post, so I know what I missed. Have fun everyone!!
Last night they lit the tree and put up the awesome Amercian Flag lights on the front of the Exchange. It looks really beautiful and almost makes you forget that your 401K has been virtually decimated.
Today is, honestly, the happiest day of my life in the past eight years. But it’s kind of hard to gloat (and I feel I really earned the right to gloat) when there are so many long faces here in my office on Wall Street. Geezus, what bunch of Party Poopers! I am relieved however to be able to throw down the gauntlet for a while and give the blog back over to frivolity and cute boys again knowing that our country has been awarded a new lease on life with the election of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. It is my sincere hope that all of the haters can calm down, open their hearts and minds and really allow Obama to work some magic on this badly-in-need-of-healing country that we all love so much. He wouldn’t have been elected if it wasn’t meant to happen. Anyway, I’m happy, and my closest friends are happy, and I’m going to let that happiness be enough for me today, no matter how hard the party poopers try to harsh my mellow. I’ll take up the battle again tomorrow.