Late last week Charm City Streets had the pleasure of touring New York’s Astoria neighborhood and capturing images of the artwork created in early June during the 2018 Welling Court Mural Project.
Wheat paste has been used to post notices, advertisements and artwork on walls since ancient Greek and Roman times. Today the term wheatpaste is used to describe a particular form of street art – any illustration, painting, photo, or poster which an artist adheres to a public surface.
Shortly after Thanksgiving my family gave me an early Christmas present: an all-expenses-paid trip to Brooklyn. Thanks to their generosity I spent 4 days late last week photographing street art in and around Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan.
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.
Last weekend while touring Brooklyn and Queens, Charm City Streets uncovered an abundance of stencils, stickers, and wheatpastes – some quite recent, a number simply new to CCS, but each one worthy of note.
In addition to an ever-changing gallery of murals, the streets of Bushwick and Williamsburg provide a wealth of stencils and wheatpastes – some humorous, many thought-provoking, a few riveting, and each interesting.
In mid-August, well-known street artists from around the globe gathered in Manhattan’s Little Italy to create murals for the 2015 LISA Project. In today’s post Charm City Streets shares these new pieces as well as several from LISA 2014.