Monday, February 18, 2013

5 Pointz – the heart of street art in NYC

The 5 Pointz is a fundamental part of the graffiti movement in New York, and it represents all of us. Unfortunately it will be demolished at the end of this year to make room for residential buildings.

The following article has been written by Cordula Schaefer, one of our followers, and it focuses on the 5 Pointz. It deserves to be read!

New York is a city of superlatives – a place where everything is considered bigger, better, and brighter. It’s no surprise the city is home to one of the largest street art collections in the world: 5 Pointz. While graffiti and New York may be associated with dark backstreets somewhere deep in the Bronx, this world famous street art Mecca is located in an old warehouse complex in Queens.

The brightly colored landmark is hard to miss. When traveling into Queens on the elevated 7 train, the graffiti-covered building with its colorful tags, symbols, faces and grimaces is one of the first things that will capture the passenger’s eye. 5 Pointz is less of a museum or gallery but more of a living collage of aerosol art covering the walls of the old factory building in Long Island City. The complex was first established in the early 1990s to discourage graffiti vandalism by offering a site where artists can legally work and experiment – rather than illegally tag subways or fascades.

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