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Inside the Wall of Fame,  new artwork over Labor Day weekend

Inside the Graffiti Hall of Fame, new artwork over Labor Day weekend 2014

This past Labor Day weekend in “El Barrio,” East Harlem, the famed Graffiti Hall of Fame became an outdoor artist studio. The weekend was filled with music, paint and lots of street artists working on one of the few protected walls in the city. Founded by Ray Rodriguez (aka “Sting Ray”) in 1980, the walls at The Jackie Robinson Educational Center are not only protected, but also cherished by the community and have become a destination for tour groups as well as a blank canvas for street artists several times a year.

Entire wall facing Park Avenue painted over Labor Day weekend

Entire wall facing Park Avenue painted over Labor Day weekend 2014

Wall facing Park Avenue    painted by Tats Cru

Wall facing Park Avenue painted by Tats Cru

We last brought you an update on the Graffiti Hall of Fame Wall in January and thought we would go back to see the new work done over Labor Day weekend. The photos above and below show the outer wall facing Park Avenue before and after the weekend, new work above done by Tats Cru.

The wall facing Park Avenue prior to Labor Day weekend

The wall facing Park Avenue prior to Labor Day weekend

East Harlem has a plethora of art in public spaces and will soon include artist housing at PS 109, which is one of Untapped Cities recommendations during OHNY weekend.  El Museo del Barrio is also in close proximity at Fifth Avenue and 104th Street.

A closeup of the new interior work

A closeup of the new interior work

Photos above and below show the work before and after Labor Day weekend.

Interior wall prior to Labor Day

Interior wall prior to Labor Day 2014

The Graffiti Hall of Fame can be found on East 106th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue. The artwork runs along Park Avenue outside the complex as well as in the playground, which runs along 106th Street.  It is open to the public every Saturday from 8:30am to 4pm, weather permitting but not open in winter.

The Jackie Robinson Educational Complex - Home of the Graffiti Hall of Fame

The Jackie Robinson Educational Complex – Home of the Graffiti Hall of Fame

You can view more photos taken over Labor Day Weekend here.  The #6 train to 103rd Street is an easy walk to the complex.

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