Throwback to my time in Amsterdam. A piece apart of my ongoing Legacy Project grappling with high modernism across the world. 2011
Portrait of Mayor Gijs van Hall and Corbusier interpolated by the phrase “What is the scale of a Human?” in dutch on an abandoned slab housing project in Bijlmermeer.
Bijlmer was designed by the department of City Development according to the strict tenets of CIAM. Constructed throughout the 60’s in striking resemblance to Le Corbusier’s Radiant City plan, by the time the massive towers were constructed, high modernism was already under vitriolic scrutiny by the architectural community. Intended to alleviate Amsterdam’s housing shortage, middle class never moved to the housing project in the wake of burgeoning suburbanization and a plummeting population in the center city.
Bijlmer became the dumping ground for unwanted immigrant communities and the city’s excessive drug problems. Only until recently, has the massive housing project been redeveloped into more mixed income housing with a diversity of uses and styles. Many of the block slabs have been leveled due to poor construction and maintenance but the remaining towers have been renovated into exceptional apartments. This piece was created on one of the last remaining vacant houses.
Cannibal city. Razing downtown buildings across the country to accommodate parking for suburban commuters. This could be Detroit or Baltimore. But this is Newark
Memphis USA, Saqqara Stepped Pyramid, Junior Counting Money. Final piece for #muralsonthemeridian
Thank you @mataruda for the new addition of wheat. Feels amazing to be amongst peers out here in #Newark . Amongst those who care to remain informed about the influence of street art and new #muralism
#zebramussels and baroque ornament for the Crown chakra. #muralsonthemeridian
80 Park Plaza, 1979, #Newark
Finishing a collaborative ceiling commission with @nanookoso and @lunarnewyear for @Empellon right on st marks
Birds eye view of the Madison WI Capitol building, hands holding an alewife, which colonized the Great Lakes in the middle of the 20th century, superimposed over a lunar landscape. Brow Chakra #perception . Piece for #muralsonthemeridian
Recouping in #Newark gave @ndapics a simple tattoo. Hand holding coin and a straight brim.
"Apollo at the Fountain of Knowledge" R H Ives Gammell, Newark Public Library. #whiteboy in another city to stir it up again