Though demolition has begun on the building, the spirit of 5 Pointz was alive in Brooklyn yesterday, as a group of artists gathered to paint a 911 tribute wall, as they did each year at the famed Queens graffiti landmark.
Dedicated to 911 EMT, FDNY, and FDNY, the mural features a likeness of Joe Conzo, who in addition to working as an EMT, is a long-time documenter of hip- hop culture and author of the book Born in the Bronx. On Sept. 11, 2001, Conzo was one of the first EMTs on the scene of the World Trade Center attacks. After saving his trapped partner, they worked tirelessly for the next few days to rescue others who had been buried under rubble.
The mural is located at Crown Heights Hardware, on Bergan and Roger Street in Crown Heights. This project was organized by 5 Pointz curator Marie Cecile Flageul and the art was created collaboratively by Meres, See TF, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Sloke, Remiks, and Spin.
We had the opportunity to shoot these photos of the team at work on this special day.