This past Sunday we began a new mural in Chelsea, on the exterior wall of PS 11 (320 West 21st street ) together with the legendary Futura2000. The project was organized by Allen Benedikt (from AKANYC and 12ozProphet.com) with support from Nike and Montana Colors and in conjunction with the World Basketball Festival. The idea was to bring a ‘Gigante’ to NY, as we’ve done in Greece, Holland, Lisboa, London and Sao Paulo. Uniting two different styles from opposite extremes was one of the challenges, as well as the objective. The idea was to unite two styles that are completely different so they become one. The concept behind the flags (with the colors completely altered from their originals) signifies unity, a world without borders, combined to form “one world one voice”. Without distinction to language or race, without social difference… Where we all can live in a better world. We also sought to establish a visual communication with the children of PS 11 and the surrounding community that walk by the mural each day. Futura working on the pattern for the shirt, which we hope will prove that two styles from different extremes can combine harmoniously….
The piece can be seen on the side of PS11 at 320 West 21st. Definitely head down and check it out in person if you have the chance!
More images of the artists and their completed work follow.
Photos: Jacob Breinholt for Highsnobiety