It wasn’t too long ago when commuters would come out of the 7 train tunnel from Manhattan and see a large building covered in large, beautiful letters and characters–the iconic 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center. Today, that space is a hole in the ground, torn down to make way for a building that will lack the color and personality of 5Pointz. In Bushwick, however, inside and around Brooklyn Reclaimed, a place that is built on the idea of keeping with tradition, a collection of artists that included 5Pointz curator Meres One, came to once again give all of us a place where we can see the art form flourish. The unveiling of the event “Reclaimed” by Brooklyn Reclaimed and the #5PointzCreate crew took place this past Saturday. (more…)
Top Ten Street Art Murals for The First Half of 2015
For the past six months, the artists living all around us in New York City have done their part in trying to make the city a little more beautiful. Through the very cold of winter, to the rainy spring, to what appears to be another sweltering summer, the artists listed here have not only successfully painted murals that are exquisite artistically, but have also inspired us to keep exploring, keep finding and keep documenting great art. In this roundup of top 10 street art murals for the first half of 2015, we’ve combined new art uncovered this month as well as favorites from our monthly column: (more…)
Manhattan Park Pool mural installation by artist HOT TEA. Photo by K&Co and Pliskin Architecture
Take a dip in the coolest New York pool of the summer, which has been transformed into a vast artwork. Street artist Eric Rieger – also known as HOT TEA – painted the candy-toned rainbows for the design firm K&Co and Pliskin Architecture on the deck of the Manhattan Park apartment complex on Roosevelt Island, and you can hang there all day for $25.
Today, we’re excited to announce a new series with the 3D platform Sketchfab, showcasing 5 new pieces of New York City street art you can explore digitally in three-dimensions. While there is no substitute for going in person to take in these ephemeral pieces, to understand the scale, and the artistry involved, these 3D embeds also provide annotations for more information.
Jerkface, Alexis Diaz, The 191 Beautification Project, Crycle & Cern
In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels.
It’s now that time of year where we make the switch to ice coffee and any piece of clothing that goes below the knee, or elbow is in the back of the closet. Our music playlists are filled with music that make us want to dance. And it’s also a good time as any to go out and find all the new art that has popped up around the city. Nostalgia, color, and a strong attention to detail has gone into the pieces highlighted this month. If this is a preview of the work to come in the summer months, we’re excited. Here are the top five pieces of May 2015. (more…)
Head of Goliath (Image via Nicolas Holiber)
This face is kind of terrifying, but that’s what makes it so appealing to the eye. Brooklyn artist Nicolas Holiber has built this four-feet-long monster out of trash, and it now sits in Tribeca Park. This sculpture took Holiber a month to build — he spent almost every waking hour creating this four foot tall piece, in his studio, which he told us via e-mail is “only about 150 square feet.” He documented the entire expierence on Instagram, showing progress from idea to reality. Besides the materials in his studio and throughout his travels, other parts of the “Head of Goliath” come from NYC street artist Hanksy’s last show Best of The Worst. (more…)