By its nature, Street Art doesn’t survive long exposed on the streets. It’s ephemeral. Good, bad, and indifferent—time, the elements, rebuilds, vandals, or straight up demolition hits every piece. Little survives the years intact. Some limp through marred, some vanish entirely, painted over or its walls torn down. Such is the fate of all art that lives publically. Sometimes, though, a piece for whatever reason, respect, natural barriers, sheer luck manage to survive. A few make it nearly unscathed.
This fortnightly shows off a few peices that have survived for some years on the streets of New York. Some better than others.
Claudia “CLAW MONEY” Gold
A prolific NYC street artist who started back in 1989. Here, I found two styles: a monumental wall rejuvination and a modest door decoration. Find out more about Claudia and company here.
Making a wall, lined with storage boxes attractive: Bright colored, candy-striped claws turn through green bubbles that float up a black wall, making this drab spot of the city a wall to walk past and admire. #streetart #mural #lowerEastSide
This single Claw, emblazoned with RTHR, dripping paint, outlined in yellow dots, like perforations ornaments this side door—marking this as a door to wonder about. #streetart #mural #lowerEastSide (rthr is a record producer I have found out: here is the FB page: rthr)
A long time NYC street Artist, originally from the Caribbean, and graduate of NYC’s School of the Visual Arts, he works on fashion and pop culture royalty in his disticntive style.
A Bradly Theodore skeleton in bold colors wearing a dark suit and tie, with yellow shoes and sunglasses. Perhap Carl Lagerfeld? Fashion Plate for sure. #streetart #mural #lowerEastSide
This Bradley Theodore piece has survived out behind Tapas Bites for 4 years now, with only one vandalizing tag. Not too bad, the tag, but still distracting, and a weak effort—and illustration that it’s easier to destroy than create. #streetart #mural #lowerEastSide
More about Bradley Theodore here.
In 2016, locals launched a project called “The New Allen” on the Lower East Side, inviting a number of well known NYC street artists to enliven the street with large works. The above piece by Edward Granger @edward__granger has survived well. For more about the artist, click here. #streetart #mural #lowerEastSide
This line drawing on a pulldown gate resolves into interlocking faces, some looking left, others to the right. The word “One” stretches up one’s forehead while a small stick figure walks on another one’s neck. The artist left no mark, and the age is uncertain, though the fading on the upper right corner suggest it been here a few years. That it comes out only at night, on holidays and vacation days helps it survive. Goes to show that one needn’t be famous in order to survive years on the streets. #streetart #grafito #nyc #LowerEastSide
Close up of a line drawing on a pulldown gate that resolves into interlocking faces, with the word “Free” stretching across a forehead, the final E spilling into between space. Here, all the eyes look left without emotion—at what? Who knows. And that’s part of the fun. Along with the branches casting shadows of fingers across one and all. #streetart #grafito #nyc #LowerEastSide