Gallery Mondays: “A Night Out” by Billy

a night out billy big apple fest

Maybe if I post about fall-related things all week the weather will cool down in time for the first day of autumn on Friday.

A few months ago, I came across this really fun apple sculpture while walking through the Meatpacking District in NYC. Called “A Night Out” this ginormous acrylic apple by artist Billy sits right outside of the Dos Caminos location on Hudson Street.

After doing some research, I found that this is not the only apple sculpture that fell from the tree (I’m trying to be funny, bear with me).

Back in 2004, the Meatpacking District held a Big Apple Fest where artists decorated dozens of apple sculptures like the one pictured above to be scattered around NYC from August-October as public art and then auctioned to benefit charities.

Sadly, the Big Apple Fest didn’t catch on as an annual event. Help me refrain from wishing it wasn’t so.

Back to “A Night Out.” This sculpture is such a cool mix of cubism and pop art, which is the case for most of Billy’s work. The characters on it kind of remind me of the ones in the TV show Futurama. What I didn’t notice when I saw it in person was the writing in white wrapped around the top portion of the apple. From the photo I took, I can make out “Dos Caminos” and “Blue Fin.”

I wonder if this apple sculpture was originally set up in Times Square where another Dos Caminos is located right next to Blue Fin?!

See more of Billy’s work here.

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Gallery Mondays: Big Bird with Broken Heart

chico mural big bird with broken heart 9/11 memorial museum

It’s been 16 years since the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. I almost remember it like it was only a few years ago.

I was seven years old sitting in my second grade classroom in Queens, NY when it happened. I couldn’t really understand what was going on but everyone was sent home early and the footage of the Twin Towers, also known as the World Trade Center buildings, falling down kept replaying on every channel on the TV.

My parents tried to explain it to me. Seven-year-old Dana only wanted to know one thing: “What happens now?”

Back in 2015 I visited the 9/11 Memorial & Museum where I saw this photograph of a Lower East Side mural by graffiti artist Chico. In it, Big Bird sits in a boat on the Hudson River, the Twin Towers and the rest of the skyline in the background as he holds U.S. flag with a bent stick. A heart with a crack down the middle appears in the foreground to the right of Big Bird.

The juxtaposition of a lighthearted children’s show character and the tragedy of 9/11 in this mural really hit home for me, as I was young when it all happened. Big Bird wasn’t the only one with a broken heart after those events.

See more of Chico’s art here.

Gallery Mondays: Larregui @ Museo Casa Blanca, PR

larregui museo casa blanca

During my trip to Puerto Rico, my friends and I visited Casa Blanca, the ancestral home of Juan Ponce de Leon, in Old San Juan.

In one of the rooms, there were a few colorful murals on the wall that really stood out to me. This one by Taller Coco de Oro in collaboration with Edgardo Larregui, native of Bayamón, Puerto Rico, was my fave.

I’m pretty sure the black and white portion of the portrait is an old photo of Juan Ponce de Leon and the rest is a top hat and blazer paired with a colorful beard of plantain. Also, peep the watermelon grin.

It’s basically a party in a portrait.

If you’re ever in Puerto Rico, I’d definitely recommend visiting Casa Blanca!

 

Gallery Mondays: Western Tanager by Yu-baba

western tanager u-baba audubon mural project

Over the weekend I came across this beautiful mural in Washington Heights on the iron gate of Marina Dental Center.

Painted by Belarusian artist Yu-baba as part of the Audubon Mural Project, the mural features a gorgeous western tanager, an American songbird, surrounded by leaves and berries.

In collaboration with  Gitler &_____ Gallery, the National Audubon Society’s Audubon Mural Project brings awareness to the climate-threatened birds of our environment.

Needless to say, I’m going on a hunt for all the rest of these murals! There are 67 murals currently complete, with 247 left to be painted.

Learn more about the Audubon Mural Project.

Gallery Mondays: Amber Forever

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Today I said goodbye to my first apartment in East Harlem, so I thought it would be fitting to feature this mural I saw in the neighborhood recently.

It’s such a tropical and vibrant mural with a butterfly,  birds, and bright colors. Sponsored by KFC and Amber Charter School, the mural fits in so well with the community of East Harlem.

I’m not completely sure but it appears that the mural was created by
National Council de la Raza.

Adieu, East Harlem…