Meres One, the curator of 5Pointz, has created his first work since the whitewashing of 5Pointz. This black and white piece, featuring his signature light bulbs, is located on the wall of rag & bone/JEAN at Elizabeth Street and Houston Street. Untapped Cities writer Rachel Fawn Alban checked it out Sunday night right after the mural was completed.
We remember the day we sent our writer and photographer Rachel Fawn Alban to 5Pointz for the first time. From then on she went back, regularly. With the sudden whitewashing of 5Pointz and the vacating of artists from the building, the resident cat also had to leave so Rachel took him home with her. Baxter the “graffiti cat” was first introduced in 2007 or 2008, reports DNAInfo, as a way to control the mice. He became so popular with the artists and tourists, he had his own bed in the building.
Photographer Eric Lau contacted us after seeing our coverage on the recent whitewashing of 5Pointz and shared his photographs of the final B-Boy Battle at 5Pointz on October 6, 2013. He told us that a few friends of his are street artists and paint frequently at 5Pointz, so he documented a lot of art and events at the aerosol art mecca.
Shot on black and white film, these images capture so much of what was magical about 5Pointz–how it transformed the visitors. There are faces of amazement, laughter, elation. Most importantly, you sense the collective nature that 5 Pointz actively supported. The crowd is diverse, in more ways than one, and there’s even a pregnant woman and a baby in a stroller right in the mix.
These images gave us the chills (and inspiration to ditch our DSLR cameras):
We were preparing this article about the 5 Pointz Rally for publishing yesterday when the news first broke that the building had been whitewashed in the middle of the night. This piece was originally meant to be a narrative of the rally on November 16, when hundreds of people gathered at 5 Pointz Art Center in Long Island City to show support for the beloved graffiti exhibition space. This article has been revised as a tribute to 5 Pointz and their fight for survival.
Whitewashing of 5 Pointz in progress. Photo via Instagram by jeffcarroll
This morning, Vanishing NY broke the news that the beloved graffiti haven, 5Pointz, had been whitewashed overnight. According to the organization’s Twitter, it was painted overnight by the owners Jerry and David Wolkoff with police protection. More photos below.
On November 12, the beloved 5 Pointz Art Center in Long Island City suffered yet another blow in its fight for survival. The temporary restraining order on the developers was lifted and the injunction to prevent demolition was denied. To add insult to injury, the artists received papers yesterday that they are not officially allowed to paint any more.