public art

§ The 2nd Ave Line Opens!

We’ve waited and waited for this and I was there on the 2nd to see the 2nd.

Well it’s special: clean, bright, and filled with cool art. Just four stations total but it’s totally worth a visit. Without more comment here are a few photos.

 

 

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§ The new Bowery Graffiti Wall piece by Logan Hicks

If you’ve looked here before you know I love the public art, graffiti, and streetart in NYC. We have a new must see piece just finished at Bowery & Houston. Seeing it in photos is one thing but in person….well, wow. It’s one of those pieces that is great from far away, great closeup, and great while you’re crossing the street (just pay attention so you don’t get run over).

The piece is based on a group shot that Logan took on May 22nd. You’ve got to go take a look; you won’t regret it!

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§ Martin Creed’s Understanding

Martin Creed's UnderstandingI basically crashed the party for Public Art Fund‘s unveiling of the latest public art installment in Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 6 (map to the right). This one is by the wonderful English artist and polymath Martin Creed. I’m not going tell you the meaning, what-for, or philosophy of Understanding. PAF has done that here and they’re a helluva lot more qualified. But I did get to hear Martin tell about it in a somewhat humorous way.

Anywhoo, what I never did hear was whether the great Nick Lowe song (What’s so Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding had anything to do with it. He mentioned that he wanted to do three pieces but there was only enough money for one. That’s what happens when it’s a 48 ft-long and 25 ft-tall red neon sculpture!

I had a fun old time at the dedication and met some really interesting people including Seth Cohen from the Public Art Fund who introduced himself while I was just standing and looking around and perhaps looking a bit lost.

I’ve been fiddling with iMovie so I created a music video of the event using Nick Lowe’s wonderful “What’s so Funny ’bout) Peace, Love & Understanding.” It’s on Youtube or click below.