Going off on these migratory bird species from Jamaica Bay in the Far Rockaways as jet engines murmur overhead as they land in and outta JFK. Out here with @beautifyearth right across from the Hammel Houses
First day of progress with @beautifyearth out in far Rockaway. Glad to be back painting in the city. Landscape painting of the Jamaica Bay with a hand holding one of the Hammel towers. Hammel Houses on the Rockaway peninsula in Queens consists of 14 buildings, 6 and 7-stories high with 712 apartments housing some 1,994 residents. Completed April 30, 1955, the 14 and is still under NYCHA.
Monravian Pottery and Tile Works, 1912 built by Dr Henry Chapman Mercer of Doylestown in a cast in place concrete Spanish Mission Revival. Pretty amazing place. Heading to the Far Rockaways to paint with @beautifyearth
Wrapping up a last commission for @Empellon ‘s la cocina.
The billboard “who is creative placemaking” was replaced with a new sign. The new question is “who is land banking?” Land banking is the practice of sitting on parcels of land for future sale or development. And for one, Tony Chang is definitely landbanking.
Flashback. Namdaemun, Seoul, Korea. 2010.
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