The Swoon mural at Houston and Bowery in the East Village. It’s about people recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The noise from the honking cars, bringing people here to get drunk in my neighborhood on weekend nights, is unbelievable.
My street art chops aren’t quite what they used to be. I didn’t hear about this mural until today. I would have loved to document the process, but I was glad to at least see Swoon again, say hello and catch her doing hurried final touch-ups.
“Wheat Paste is Gay” Ah, this wall has seen better days. No one has been bold enough to paste a major work on this wall since Swoon. Pasted paper is scraped off or sprayed over quickly. But I have seen some fun stuff last for a few weeks. I keep telling myself that I should update the Swoon mural video and show what has happened to this wall since then. I photograph here every time I go shopping, so I have a lot of material to work with. But the video needs a more interesting ending. I don’t think this is it. Filigrees of paper, cut by Swoon persist if you look closely enough.
Sorry for the lo-res nature of this 2007 video. I need to give it an upgrade to HD.