WELLING COURT MURAL PROJECT, Part 1

Headlining today’s post … Where the Wilder Things Are by Sacsix

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.

Charm City Streets starts its photo tour of this outdoor gallery at the intersection of Main and 30th Avenues. Be on the lookout for Kalin Hart Talbott who performs yoga inversions in front of artwork; though brightly clad, she often blends into the artwork. Walking south along 30th Ave we pass new large-scale graffiti pieces by Daze and Crash, members of Brooklyn’s legendary Tats Cru; encounter the long-time writer Sp.One and the renowned Cey Adams spreading Love; receive a royal visit from Queen Andrea; run up against a scary plant from Joslart; and spy a dope new burner by Dek2DX.

Daze

Crash

Sp.One … work in progress

Sp.One for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Cey Adams work in progress

Cey Adams for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Queen Andrea for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Joslart for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

DEK_2DX for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Across 30th Avenue on the corner of 12th Street we discover a devilish new piece by Chris RWK (Robots Will Kill). Around the corner on Welling Court Jerms and Topaz promote dental hygiene. Jamie Hef and Ka offer a selection of snack food. Chris Soria and Marc Evan keep time with a possibly ill-fated dancing couple (they are blue after all). Roberto Castillo and OneL recreate a fabulous divine being from Aztec mythology. The fanciful owl of Eelco Virus gives a hoot. Thanks to the genius of the ASVP team, the Fantastic Four’s Thing transforms into Cinderella (using a seemingly magical multi-layered, hand-drawn process). Eyez proves to be the bee’s knees. Hooker brings a drama queen to life, but her majesty’s likely response will be we are not amused. Wolfbat’s assembly of multiple woodcuts provides a wondrous sight.

 

Chris RWK – work in progress

On the side of (robotic) angels

Only paint can judge me – Chris RWK for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Jerms in action

Topaz spraying on background color

Brush your teeth … Jerms and Topaz for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Jamie Hef and KA setting up the snack food bar

Look out! Do not stand between a cheetah and his Cheetos

Hef-ritos … Jamie Hef and KA for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Kwue Molly – what’s happening where?

Kwue tries to imitate Kalin Hart Talbott

Pretty good pose considering it’s atop a ladder

Peace

Testing board

Kwue Molly for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Chris Soria at work on the large-scale collaboration with Marc Maniac

Marc Evan at work on the large-scale collaboration with Chris Soria

In Aztec mythology Xochipilli is the lord of sacred visions and prince of flowers and art; Aztec mythology

Working on minute details

Xochipilli … Roberto Castillo and OneLTattoo for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

I am Eelco begins his mural

Balancing on the scaffold

Eelco Virus for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

ASVPart removes a stencil layer

Adding detail by hand

Applying the next stencil layer

Cutting out the stencil by hand

Hand-drawn detail

Change Things … ASVPart for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Buffalo Stance … John Breiner for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Eyez rolling on the background layer

Fleshing out the next background layer

Spraying on stencil detail

Bees are sacred … Eyez for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Hooker with an early stage stencil

Spraying on the next layer of color

Up goes the next stencil

Approaching the end of this multi-layered stencilled mural

Drama Queen … Hooker for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Wolfbat begins to assemble his multi-layered woodcut mural

With the background complete, the next layered woodcut is applied

Pasting up component parts

Wolfbat for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Detail of the raptor taking flight

Detail of the wolves

Detail of the skulls woodcut by Wolfbat

As we proceed back to and east along Main Avenue, Cernesto’s ever-evolving mural anchors the corner. Ledania’s eye-catching piece is a prism of color. Toofly’s Free Spirit is a radiant beauty. Thanks to Sinned_NYC a street guardian stands protective watch. Ryan Seslow takes us down a magical mystery memory lane replete with a nostalgic Peter Max vibe. Fumeroism adds a distinctive hulking creature to the mix. Danielle Mastrion and Lexi Bella bring radiant women to life on adjoining roller doors. Water Is Life by Imnopi is enthralling. Where the Wilder Things Are by Sacsix sparks fond memories of childhood and books … and maybe a few disturbing wilder things as well.

Cernesto’s ever-evolving mural for the Welling Court Mural Project

Ledania adding dash after dash of color

Toofly at work on her mural Free Spirit

Busy atop the scaffolding

Toofly talking about her Free Spirit

Toofly for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Sinned_NYC and Ria Burns Wilder

Sinned_NYC for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Perils of painting … a single barb holds that barbed wire precariously above Ryan Seslow

Adding fine detail

Ryan Seslow for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Fumeroism busy bringing the Hulk to life

Kalin Hart Talbott blending in

The Hulking artist … Fumeroism for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Fumeroism – the man, the myth, the legend

Danielle Mastrion and Lexi Bella for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Imnopi painting on fine detail

Water Is Life … Imnopi for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Where the Wilder Things Are looking over the shoulder of Sacsix

Where the Wilder Things Are … Sacsix for the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project

Stay tuned for the second report on the 2017 Welling Court Mural Project. You will certainly want to see the new work by Noir and Trans1, Ghostbeard and Patch Whiskey, Aquarella, and many more.

 

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