11. Aby Rosen Invites Artists Groundswell to Showcase at 11 Howard
The public art group Groundswell, with Jeff Koons acting as mentor, was recently invited to create a site specific mural measuring 150 feet by 50 feet on the south facing wall at 11 Howard Street. The property, 11 Howard, is the latest venture of RFR co-founder Aby Rosen, who also owns the famed 190 Bowery. The mural represents and celebrates historic Soho, paying homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat repurposing his iconic crown and utilizing other symbols for fashion, music, food, and even Little Italy. The artists at Groundswell who designed the mural are Gabriela Balderas, Anayshah Bashier, Durell Baxter, Nafeesa Davis, Claire Havilland, Nathaniel James, and Publio Lantiqua.