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    February 18, 2011, 5:00 pm
    Viewfinder | Looking Up

    By VIVIENNE GUCWA, Lower East SideVivienne Gucwa on photographing the art and architectural details that exist overhead in the East Village.

    “The East Village is home to some brilliant historic and contemporary architecture that often gets overlooked since it is above the street level. Some of this architectural detail can be viewed simply by looking up.”

    “The facade of the Ottendorfer Branch of the Public Library is a great example of the beautiful architectural detail that exists in the East Village. Opened in 1884, the Ottendorfer Branch of the Public Library was New York City’s first free public lending library. The terracotta trim stands out brilliantly against the brick.”

    “The exquisite architectural details of this East Village building were immortalized on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s 1975 album cover for Physical Graffiti.
    The building looks virtually the same as it did back in the 1970’s.”

    “It’s worth gazing up at the colorful Shepard Fairey mural which graces the wall of the Cooper Square Hotel.”

    “The details of the buildings along St. Mark’s Place can often be overlooked since there is often so much to take in visually.
    However, the buildings above street level seem to have a life all their own.”

    “This has been one of my favorite murals. It was put up in 2008 and I have always loved how the air conditioner was incorporated into the skyline.
    This mural is located on the side of 35 Cooper Square, a 185-year-old Federal-style row house that’s the oldest building of its kind in Cooper Square.
    It was never landmarked and will sadly be demolished soon.”

    “The architecture of the Cooper Union New Academic Building is just as stunning when viewed close up as it is from a distance.”

    Vivienne Gucwa is a community contributor to The Local East Village. Her work can be seen regularly on her blog.

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    Life February 23, 2011, 2:13 pm

    Paint Your Wagons

    By COLIN MOYNIHAN, Lower East Side

    Colin Moynihan

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    Various forms of street art and graffiti, of course, are a familiar part of the East Village landscape, enjoyed by some, deplored by others and impossible to eradicate. Magic marker tags, murals, stickers and spray-painted shapes can be seen adorning walls, doors and sometimes even lampposts and fences in the neighborhood.

    But some of the improvised canvases used by graffiti writers and painters are mobile. While roaming the streets of the neighborhood over the past few days The Local has kept an eye out for tagged vehicles. They have not been particularly difficult to find. It does turn out, though, that vans appear to be a more popular graffiti and mural target than any other type of vehicle.

    Some may consider these vans to be rolling eyesores. Others may see them as works of art. While several of the designs appearing on the vans appear to have been thought out well ahead of time, there were also marking that looked more recent and spontaneous. Maybe the owners of the vans chose to ride inside illustrated vehicles because they wanted to project an artistic sensibility. Or maybe they decided that trying to keep up with sharpie-armed vandals was too much of a drain on their time.

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    Colin Moynihan
    The many colors of van graffiti.

    Markings on the vans may combine the purposeful with the accidental. One Chevrolet van, parked on East Ninth Street had what looked like an intentional paint scheme of purple, pink, red and green upon which other scrawlings had been layered, covering the vehicle’s metal sides and parts of its windows and, in one area, helping to hide some rust. Legends written on the van included the arcane (“punks with cans”) the factual (“police bleed red”) and the testimonial (“Rest in Peace Rick James.”)

    A block away was another van, painted in different color schemes on either side. It bore the words “while you sleep” and “smart cru,” which could be interpreted as a reference to nocturnal writings done by an intelligent group of graffiti artists.

    Then a few minutes later, on Avenue B, a white van pulled up to a curb, nearly covered with black, blue and red markings. The driver switched off the motor and opened the door, presenting a chance to ask about the aesthetic vision that produced the abstract tags.

    The driver, Juan Rodriguez, shrugged at the question and explained that he was not the one responsible for the markings.

    “It’s the graffiti guys,” he said. “I used to clean the van off every week, but they always come back, so now I just leave it this way.”

    Last edited by brianac; February 23rd, 2011 at 06:40 PM.


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