On every corner of the city, NYC has backdrops worthy of marrying themselves to Instagram feeds. Recognized NYC landmarks and the contour of the skyline from a rooftop bar are great- but totally expected. Artwork is everywhere in the city, from Bushwick bathrooms to MTA stations, to graffitied buildings. Artists are constantly embellishing the city in political, social, and exhibitionist displays.
Here are some of NYgal’s recommended spots to get that perfect shot. See them before they’re gone!
1. Jonathan Villoch – Welling Court Mural Project
This linear piece, overloaded with distorted shapes, melding colors together is located in Astoria, Queens. Created by Brooklyn-based artist, Jonathan Villoch and organized by the Welling Court Mural Project, an organization that supports local and visiting artists to help beautify the neighborhood, it is currently made up of over 150 murals.
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2. Divine Mother by Kimyon Huggins
Another addition to the Welling Court Mural Project is Divine Mother by artist, Kimyon Huggins. This piece presents an image of a pregnant woman wearing a headdress in the Lotus position, gesturing the yogi hand symbol, Gyan mudra. It was inspired by the artist’s own Tibetan-Buddhist faith. It can be found in Astoria, Queens.
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3. Banksy – The Bowery Mural
The Bowery Mural is constantly featuring new artwork by both emerging and renowned artists. Its most recent showcase was created by legendary street artist, Banksy. Although his appearance and real name are somewhat of a mystery, Banksy’s political views are not- clearly reflected through his decades-long activism practicing prodigious urban art. This new piece of his consists of several tally marks, as well as Turkish artist Zehra Dogan, behind barred lines. Dogan remains infamous for being imprisoned for three years after painting a watercolor piece based on a newspaper photograph.
4. I Choose Love by Hektad
First Street Art Park is full of murals awaiting admiration and photos. One of those murals, created by Hektad, features a red heart at the center with the words, I Choose Love. Just in time for Pride Month, this wall is perfect for a couple photo…Or, if you simply just love, love.
5. Hate or Love by Kantapon Metheekul
Also seen in the First Street Park is a more subtle approach to a mural, done by artist Kantapon Metheekul, whose notable work includes a Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump kissing piece that recently flooded the media. His floaty, minimalistic style has made its way to the park on a mostly white painted wall. Metheekul’s Hate or Love divides color and gray- Ying and Yang separated by a small black sphere. On one side, a muted toned gun emerges as a rigid stemmed pink flower. Another one of his pieces, Golden Pool, is also located in the park.
6. Birds Eye View by Lady K Fever
To celebrate NYC’s, Art in the Parks program’s, 50th year, artist Lady K Fever turned the walls of Mosholu Playground, Bronx, into several lively pieces. Birds Eye View, matches the summer bloom of the trees and flowers, adorning the side of the children’s play area on a sky blue background, as bugs and flora dance along above the pavement.
7. I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door by Dorothy Iannone
Located at 22nd street, on the High Line is artist Dorothy Iannone’s three Statues of Liberty mural, I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door. Described as an ode to the Statue of Liberty, the white wall holds three Statues of Liberty, in multicolored, daring ensembles with the last line of poem The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, hanging overhead reading, “I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door.” The installation will remain there until March 2019.
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8. Karla & James Murray’s Special Project
Husband and wife photographers, Karla and James Murray have documented the ever-changing NYC neighborhoods and the outflow of small, mom and pop owned stores. Okay, so it’s not technically a mural, but this exhibition is the documentation of their project, which will eventually be a large wooden installation with each side honoring dissipating businesses inspired by their photograph collection: Cup & Saucer, a delicatessen, a bodega, and a newsstand. It will be located in Seward Park, Canal Street and Essex Street from now until July 2019.
We officially launched our first Kickstarter campaign “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” for our Free Public Art Installation inside Seward Park and we need your support! • We will be installing an 8 foot high x 12 foot wide x 8 foot deep rectangular wood-frame sculpture consisting of near life-size photographs of four mom-and-pop neighborhood stores of the Lower East Side, most of which are no longer in business and have sadly disappeared from the streetscape. Each of these four shops which you can see in the 1/10th scale miniature we created (SEE PHOTO of MINIATURE above); a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette, a delicatessen, and a newsstand represent small businesses that were common in the Lower East Side and helped bring the community together through people’s daily interactions. When viewing the near life-size photographs one can get a visceral sense of the impact of these losses on the community and on those who once depended on the shops that are now gone. The installation is an artistic intervention and a plea for recognition of the unique and irreplaceable contribution made to New York by small, often family-owned businesses. These neighborhood stores help set the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. We will be constructing our wood-frame sculpture inside Seward Park, with lumber and plywood and covering it with our near life-size storefront photographs printed on dibond, an aluminum composite material that is weather, UV, freeze and heat-resistant and will also have a graffiti-resistant laminate applied, as the installation will be up for an entire year from July 2018 through July 2019. Although we are very grateful that we received a public art grant from NYC Parks and Uniqlo for this project, the high costs of materials, fabrication and installation of both the wood frame sculpture and dibond storefront prints require us to seek your additional contribution. The goal we have set is the minimum amount we need to successfully cover the costs of the materials, fabrication and installation. • PLEASE click link in BIO to donate. Great rewards including this 1/10th scale miniature are AVAILABLE! •THANK YOU SO MUCH For Your Support!
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