Thursday Favorites: Big Street Murals

I love running into great graffiti.  You don’t see it that often, but when you do it kind of takes your breath away.  It always catches you by surprise because you are never looking for it. 

Last week I had to go to the South Bronx to run an errand and I came across this. It just came out of nowhere, on this totally isolated industrial block. I thought you’d all enjoy it.  It was really really cool.






11 responses to “Thursday Favorites: Big Street Murals”

  1. Do you read The Wooster Collective‘s site? Nothing but pictures of awesome graffiti every day. My current fave artist that I found there is Dolk Lundgren, from Norway; some of his pictures are here, much more here.

  2. Oh and: that is a great mural. I love the center shot, with stacks of money and a vampire Uncle Sam — reminds me a bit of Ralph Steadman.

  3. lane says:

    hey yeah, ralph stedman, exactly.

    it’s really impressive how big this thing is. i don’t think i’ve ever seen a street work quite this size. it’s at the corner of close and westchester aves.

    the artist should really be commended, and, of course, be given a space in the next whitney biennial. they’re always looking for some hip unknown shit.

  4. Dave says:

    It looks fantastic.

  5. Jeremy says:

    Wow, that is a pretty amazing mural, Lane… And regarding those Dolk Lundgren pieces, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a graffiti artist specialize in painting on barnyards. What is he, the rural, Swedish Banksy?

  6. Yeah, I think it’s just that there are a lot of old barns in Norway. I’m just totally taken with the giant little girl picking flybane. If you look at the second link there are a lot of urban pieces as well. I wonder if Dolk Lundgren is constantly telling people on the phone, “No no no, not Dolph…”

  7. lane says:

    it scares me that someone as tasteful as jeremy knows who bansky is . . .

  8. lane says:

    and speaking of really cool BIG art things
    this opened last night at the Museum of Modern art. It’s really REALLY cool.

  9. Jeremy says:

    7: I’m proud of it, Lane!

  10. Jeremy says:

    9: Wait, I mean I’m NOT proud of it!

  11. Kate the Great says:

    I like it, too. It reminds me of street poetry. It looks how street poetry would look if the sounds were converted to visual form. And, no, I’m not confusing street poetry with rap. There’s a difference.