Spirited Street Art ~ Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Along a quiet stretch of N 10th Street in Williamsburg, between Roebling St and Union Ave, stands a bottle company.

Over a week ago, I noticed street artists painting different works along the factory’s side wall.

I’m always inspired by the dedication of streets artists given the impermanence of their medium. It was only a couple of days ago that I’d spotted the blemish of blue graffiti disrupting the red background on the work below. The next day, it was painted over and looked new again. (You might notice the damage to the left of the left wing)

Street artist, Gilf!, who painted the work above, coordinated a group of artists to paint these quirky works.

“I would like to affect major social and environmental change… Life is too short and the world too delicate to ignore the serious challenges we face as a global society,” she said earlier this year.*

Gilf! went to art school, focused on interior design, but turned to street art in 2008 as response to “being completely outraged by what was happening in the world.”

“I’m motived by all the apathetic, uninspired people. I want them to care. That’s why my work is on the street, approachable, and easy to understand.”

About the collection of works on N 10th street, she told Brooklyn Street Art recently: “It’s so rewarding to know that we’re positively influencing the community by doing what we love.”

Above: art by Veng (RWK).

Icy and Sot, from Iran, contributed the “Dream” work, above -an international dose of whimsy to an eclectic collection.

Above: art by Joe lurato

Below: art by Sophia Maldonado (enlarge the photo to see its details)

I mentioned in a previous post  that Howard Truman’s quote speaks to how I describe Williamsburg, personified:

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

This outdoor art exhibition, and the artists behind the works, is a grand example of that.

Above: art by Cake.

It’s my hope that this community spirit will be strong enough survive the neighborhood’s rapid ascent.

banner image includes art by LNY (left) and Joe Iuarto (right)

*It’s all Gilf | Rag & Bone Official Blog.

23 thoughts on “Spirited Street Art ~ Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    • I agree jenny – they’re fun and nice to see on a day to day. I also like how there are a curated collection – nice to see some order in street art 🙂 Thanks – and I appreciate you sharing via Twitter 🙂

  1. I love the attitude of the artists and that they make their work approachable to everyone. You can see how much skill they have and effort they put into something they love doing.

  2. A great little story told in pictures and a few words about the spirit on the street. Very nice. I like your thoughts about street art and I like your pictures. My favourite is actually the one you have chosen as the header for the blog. Tight and strong composition.

    • Thanks so much Otto! I appreciate that – street art is one of the ways the neighbourhood expresses itself, and it’s nice to link it with a story. Happy you enjoyed these large scale artworks!

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