5Pointz in Photos: Remembering New York’s Street Art Mecca
New Yorkers — and street art enthusiasts around the globe — woke up to a harsh (if inevitable) surprise Tuesday: 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, the 200,000-square-foot space in Long Island City that showcased the work of the world’s most talented graffiti artists, had been painted white overnight. A coworker who rode the elevated 7 train yesterday morning reports passengers audibly gasping as it passed 5Pointz. Speaking to The New York Times, the buildings’ owner, Jerry Wolkoff, claimed the abrupt whitewashing was not only an attempt to avoid confrontation but also an act of mercy preferable to destroying the artwork little by little. “I am telling you, I did not like what they did — I loved what they did,” he told the paper. “I cried this morning, I swear to you.”
#5pointz was painted over hastily on Tuesday. A NYC institution that will be missed but the art work lives on in the streets
Michel Blazy - Final Bouquet (2012) - a kinetic installation that oozes sheets of foam into a monastery in Paris
It’s gonna take a long time to get this foam party jumpin…
Obsolete in Nature by David Ellingsen
Where does our obsolete technology go when it dies? David Ellingsen suggests that it returns to the wilds from whence it came, reintegrating itself into the natural world in one last ditch effort to remain relevant.
I’ve seen the cassette tape nest in real life and it’s probably an good reuse case but terribly unenvironmental…
Cloud by Caitlind r.c. Brown
Created out of 6,000 light bulbs the interactive installation invites visitors to pull the cords and turn the lights on and off as spectators witness the cloud shimmer and flicker as bulbs flip between light and dark. Incredibly out of the 6,000 bulbs, 5,000 of them are actually old burnt out bulbs donated to the artists by the public. The idea being that instead of wasting bulbs by throwing them away they would be put to a better, and more creative use, by turning trash in to treasure, and waste in to art.
Love installations with light. In the words of Liz Lemon… I want to go to there…