57 thoughts on “An Epic Faile: Manhattan’s Best Street Art

  1. Awesome. I love the mural and your insights into it and how the wall is an ever changing installation. 🙂
    I notice it has a lot of lighting above it. It would be interesting to see it at night also.

    • It’s so cool Steph! I had walked past the Williamsburg works and had no idea that well known street artists were behind those works as well as behind this mural (and so many other works, globally!)

    • Hi! Yes, it’s great to have large pops of colour, and the street art adds so much character to a space. Chicago would be an amazing ‘venue’ for works like this. I wonder if street artists out there are contemplating any works in the city? Thanks for your comment!

      • I wouldn’t describe myself as well-versed when it comes to street artists, but a web publication that I frequently check in on called Gapers Block write an article a while back about street art in Chicago. From what I can tell, while marvelous murals still have yet to make their mark, street artists here focus on small, subtle works that look to make big statements. You can check out the article here, http://gapersblock.com/detour/street_art_in_chicago/. I like juxtaposing art from both cities; they both have so much to offer!

      • Thank you so much! I enjoy street art and learn alot through posting about it. The link looks comprehensive – I have bookmarked it and will read it! I’d love to see street art from Chicago if you ever snap any photos of it 🙂

    • Roberto – I thought of your work when I was typing out the quote by Tate Modern in the post: “The New York artist collaboration Faile… takes inspiration from the detritus of city walls. The decay of advertising and flyposting provides a platform to present their own take on the world of found imagery.” Thank you!

      • williamsburg, les and east village, and of course a trip to 5pointz! can’t wait!

      • awesome! and don’t forget the High Line near Meatpacking District and West Village… and maybe even Tribeca 🙂 OHHH, and Dumbo. When you walk over the Brooklyn Bridge or Manhattan Bridge from Manhattan, it will lead you to Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). I should have some posts coming soon with detailed Dumbo pics. It’s my new favourite neighbourhood!

  2. What a fantastic post Marina! It’s really interesting that each mural has a story behind it. I’ve never stopped to think about what is behind street art, and I think I’ll be looking at street art with different eyes now.

  3. Wow! What a crazy, amazing piece of art! I love pasteups and I love collage and I love pop art and the good old comic style, and this just rolls everything into an incredible piece. It’s funny, I find it kind of sad when something beautiful is defaced or covered, but then sometimes that can result in an even more interesting visual. Except tagging. Here’s hoping that the guards can protect the artwork from having genitalia scrawled over it!

    • I agree with you on everything! I am not sure how often the mural/collage is guarded and how well those security cameras do (there is one that i saw)… That said, this collage has been left pretty much untouched for a few months. Whereas Kenny Scharf’s work was tagged within one week of being spray painted. He came back to fix it up though when it happened again sometime later, the art curators took over the clean up duties. Finally, JR’s work was put over it! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. It is so beautiful. I totally thought it was a painting! So amazing that it is a collage. Love the use of color all through out and loving the mixtures of all the fonts, images, and graphics combined with the texture of the material used! So cool!

    • I agree – it is so cool! They did paint everything individually in their studio, and then stuck it on… and then painted the gaps. It was a pretty intensive process and the effort shows. When i looked up really close, the collaging was so well done – what gave it away was some of the collage’s wear/tear. Thank you!

  5. Awesome stuff indeed, Marina. And as you know, right up my alley…Love it!

    I agree with one of the comments above, you should really try and shoot them at night (if possible of course) if there’s sufficient lighting. Could be interesting, no?

  6. Great post and I agree with some of the other comments….you did a great job researching it, too.

    I thought you might be interested to know about this building, too. It’s a graffiti art building in Long Island City…I pass it on the LIRR each day. It’s called 5Pointz. Here’s a link to a blog dedicated to it. I’ve been meaning to make a trip to visit it soon…


  7. This is fantastic. I myself don’t find myself often face to face with extravagant graffiti. I am insanely jealous that you actually had the opportunity to view such diversity in the art. Love the photos and good choice of close ups :p.

    • Thanks so much! I am really happy to share this with you, as you said you don’t see too much street art. Your compliment about the photos and close ups is lovely – thank you!

  8. Lovely! You can really see the difference in style between the ones in OZ and US! Love the close ups in the details. Since I’ve started blogging about street art, I’ve started to see more of it around me than I previously did before and its all thanks to your blog 🙂 Keep it up!

    • Hi! Thanks for your comment and so glad that we’re posting on street art. It’s always the way – when someone mentions a word for example, you see it so much more! This is a commissioned piece, so it’s a little more orderly than ‘street’ street art, if that makes sense. I’ve yet to post on another part of NY with some cools street art. I hope to do it soon!! Thank you 🙂

  9. A very interesting post, and a fascinating subject. This project certainly affects the city and the neighborhood, and the many people who go by on their own business, and are challenged by what they see to stop and contemplate for a while… Wonderful!

    • So well said, Shimon. Thank you for your comment. Street Art is elevated to a new level here and for those who do stop and admire, it certainly is a ‘wow’ piece. That said, the story behind it is so interesting and I look forward to learning more about the FAILE artists.

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