12.12.2006

POISONED BY PROTECTION




(street art by Brad Downey, piece one: Clay and Commercial St. in Greenpoint, piece two: Jackson and Queens Blvd. in Long Island City)

I got to tag along with street artist Brad Downey today, as he installed a few pieces in Brooklyn and Queens before he departed for Berlin. Things got off to a rocky start when the first piece (a three-headed phone sign) bounced out of the back of the truck in the middle of the Pulaski Bridge. Luckily the car behind us was able to swerve out of the way in time (some real knucklehead business). Then the pay phone had some plastic plugs in it that clogged up the holes that the sculpture needed to anchor through, so that added about 20 minutes to the process. While this was going on I was standing on the corner, waiting for them to finish. In that time I saw 6 cops cars roll by, and no one even batted an eye at what was going on. Sometimes I love this city. The second sign was a beast to wrangle, but pretty satisfying to get up. So go check them out before the city swoops down to save us from being subjected to any unscheduled art experiences. The locations are in the caption above (Jake, Will, I'm looking at you).

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4 comments:

  1. what will he be doing in berlin? i had a little conversation with him through the dirt on the glass on the 2nd floor of our building, but it broke off, cause the elevator was back functioning. but yes, will there be a show>?

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  2. I took the long way home tonight to check these out. They're incredible. Everyone shuffling along without noticing was missing out.

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  3. They look great. Thanks for the "unscheduled art experience" report.

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