Jim Power, mosaic artist in East Village

Jim Power is a Vietnam Veteran decorating the East Village with mosaics. In the 1980s, Mr. Powers set out to make East Village a known arts destination by creating a trail of 80 mosaic-decorated light posts, each with its own theme and design inspired by local history and culture. At the height of his career as a street artist, The Mosaic Man was up to 70 light posts, but in the later part of the 80s and into the 90s, mayor Rudy Giulianni started a clean-up-the-city anti-graffiti campaign and took down 50 of his beautifully-adorned artworks. It was pretty hard to bear,… Read More

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The Bushwick Collective – Street Art, not graffitti

In 2012, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick started the transformation from neighborhood plagued by crime to the largest outdoor art exhibit in the five boroughs, all thanks to Joe Ficalora. Bushwick contains art on many of the streets between the Morgan and Jefferson L train stops from international artists including Buff Monster, Icy and Sot, SheryO and Yok, and Al Diaz. Artists have come from as far away as Australia to paint on the walls of Bushwick,,,for free. No payments go to either the artists or the businesses that own the walls. You can watch a 30 minute documentary on… Read More

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