Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Sad news hit me yesterday, when the news of 5Pointz graffiti has been painted over by the owners of the building, read more about here: ny.curbed.com
Photo via Stephen Nessen/Twitter
From may 13
Today I visited what I think, is one of the world's most colorful landmark, The 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, Inc. An outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York. A graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building.
I was sitting in the train the other day and on my way to midtown to photograph all my locations for my client momondo.dk, I looked out of the window and spottet this huge yellow building. It knocked me out, all I could see was graffiti. The building was bombed with colorful throw-ups and beatiful pieces of art. I had my eyes on it to I couldn't see it anymore.
So today I decided I'd deserved a day off from work and just go see what the hell I want.
5pointz was a obvious choice!
I don't know this dude, but read the sign:-)
Adam Yauch, Beastie boys R.I.P
The gallery curator is graffiti veteran Jonathan Cohen, best known by his signature tag, “Meres One.” His goal is to convert the five-story, block-long industrial complex at Jackson Avenue and Davis Street, formerly the Phun Phactory, into a graffiti art museum.
I was standing there admiring this graffiti artist, when he turned his head at me, stopped and walked over to his van picking something up. I thought to myself, "Oh fuck another artist who is shy".
He came over to me and in his hand, there was a piece of paper. He asked if I wanted to sign it?
It had big letters saying Landmark presservation Commission NYC, Request for evaluation!
Meres told me that maybe already next year or the one after, The city of New York wants to bulldoze 5pointz and replace it with two office buildings. I Can't believe that they even are considering it!? A place like this like this needs to stay. I had to sign, no question asked.
The best wishes and luck to Meres and his crew!