Tuesday, October 29, 2013

5 POINTZ













5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center, Inc. (also known as the Institute of Higher Burnin') is a converted warehouse space in Long Island City in Queens, which is completely covered with graffiti.  It originated as a safe place for graffiti artists to write, in order to discourage vandalism.  Writers from all over the world have tagged the city-block-sized abandoned warehouse, and it's been the site of some of the most compelling street art in the five boroughs--hence the name 5 Pointz.  This year, a $400 million residential project was approved, which will require demolition of the site.  In my protest, I hit 5 Pointz in a blank canvas dress, in search of writers who wanted to make their mark.

Tags by Kid Lew, Kazu, Shiro Japan!, and others.

Dress: H&M
Tagged with aerosol spray paint & Sharpies
Boots: Franco Sarto
Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Photos by Kathy Paciello and myself.

31 comments:

  1. I adore this, plain and simple. What a cool way to get a one-of-a-kind dress!

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    1. Thank you, Bridget! It was a lot of fun. It's a good conversation icebreaker, too. :-)

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  2. amazing. great post. love everything about it.

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  3. Oh my goodness ... just discovered you via StyleLikeU and I'm enchanted by your style, energy and eye for colour and detail ... damn, you're going straight to my blog roll! x

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  4. Ariel, a friend of mine went to 5 Pointz to photograph some of the art in November, and he went back recently to document the whitewashing. (I guess they're not demolishing after all?) Here is a heartbreaking photo of his (but you can see that someone has come back and tagged over the whitewash): https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t34.0-12/10425823_10152216676659010_23779018_n.jpg?oh=272fc6a8a0b2f3733ea6640f7f2ed484&oe=53902AD9

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