Yesterday morning we noticed that a couple of panels of the boarded-up graffiti wall at Bowery and Houston had come down; today Cope2’s entire piece has been torn to shreds. It’s being unceremoniously loaded into the back of a dump truck.
This is what the wall itself — for the domain of artists like Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, and more recently Faile, Retna, JR and Maya Hayuk — now looks like.
If you’re looking for a piece of street-art history, you’ll want to book it to 76 East Houston Street, where the commercial building shown below is due to be completed sometime around April of next year.
If you look at the rendering, you’ll see a new art wall pictured, so it’s possible not all is lost. Then again, Billy LeRoy initially said he’d bring his beloved antiques and oddities business back to the site where he once worked out of a tent, but it doesn’t look like that’ll happen.
In any case, if you’re looking for street art, look no further than Wythe Avenue, where the incoming J. Crew has kindly given us this: