After touring Brooklyn, Charm City Streets boarded the L Line and spent two days in Lower Manhattan in search of new and new-to-me murals.
Eight years ago, residents of Welling Court in the Astoria neighborhood of New York City joined forces with the Ad Hoc Art Gallery to enhance their small community through public art. From its humble beginning, this annual event has mushroomed into a dazzling array of artwork created by a host of prominent muralists, street artists and graffiti writers … both from around the corner and the globe. The 2017 Welling Court Mural Project took place Saturday, June 10th.
For those of us from northern climes, the weather during Art Basel 2016 was summer-like. Truth be told, it was hot. One probable reason for the high temperatures was the artist Sipros. He was burning up Miami painting five murals of his own and then collaborating on the block-long mural of Trump as Batman’s The Joker. The Bushwick Collective and Mana Urban Arts Projects sponsored each piece.
Back in 2009, folks living in the Welling Court neighborhood of Queens asked Ad Hoc Art Gallery to help them clean up and enhance their community, and the Welling Court Mural Project was born. Every year since then, Ad Hoc Art invites artists from far and wide to help turn the neighborhood into an open-air art gallery. Their annual block party in June is a celebrated event.
Late last week Charm City Streets took advantage of the mild weather and spent several days on a photo tour of Brooklyn. Well-known local, national, and international artists have been busy painting captivating new murals in the Bed-Stuy, Bushwick, Greenpoint, and East Williamsburg neighborhoods.
It is a pleasure when one encounters street art and takes a few moments to examine and appreciate it.
Charm City Streets finds there is even more excitement when one comes across the street artist at work and takes the time to observe and study her/him in action. One gains an appreciation for the steps the artist takes:
Today’s post features images Charm City Streets captured in late August during a walking tour of the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and East Williamsburg. This gallery showcases a mix of old and new work by well-known and unidentified artists.
Last week Charm City Streets spent three days in Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Lower Manhattan – enjoying the deli food and the street art.
In today’s post you see murals created earlier this summer during the annual Bushwick Block Party; plus, a number of other art pieces found in and around Bushwick.