“If you have ever been in New York’s Little Italy, chances are you probably walked by the former horse stable on 11 Spring Street. The outside wall has long accumulated layer upon layer of graffiti and posters, earning it a worldwide reputation among muralists and street artists.
After two property sales starting with the building’s eccentric long-time owner, it’s being torn down and replaced with apartments. Luckily, The Wooster Collective stepped in and negotiated with the building’s Project construcion manager to have one final art event. A sort ‘closing reception’ as it were.
More than twenty artists flew in from all over the world, and they painted the interior of the building top to bottom with new pieces. Artists involved in the show included: D*Face, Shepard Fairey, Judith Supine, Maya Hayuk, WK, Above, Blek Le Rat, JACE, Bo and Microbo, Lister, Prune, JR, RIPO, Thundercut, Skewville, Elboe-Toe, Jasmine Zimmerman, You Are Beautiful, Dan Witz, Rekal, Gore-B, FAILE, The London Police and many other special guests.
The building was open to the public on December 15, 16 and 17 for those three days only. Sadly, at the end of the project, all of the art was to be removed from inside the building, and the exterior walls completely buffed. Wooster Collective pointed out that cleaning the exterior was inevitable, and that it was generous of the new owners to give the space over to the art before that was to happen.
New York artist David Gonzalez covered the progress with some great images of the project. These are some of the best on show, more can be seen in Part 2 tomorrow.