A couple of massive art pieces were recently installed in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, and its time to ask: which one of them reps its hood better?
Back in June, Lower East Side-based design duo Boym Partners, in conjunction with the LES BID, brought this covering to 400+ feet of fence along the Delancey Street Plaza, adjacent the SPURA site. The idea behind the competition-winning design, said the Boyms in a press release, was to send “a positive message about the surrounding communities’ incredible diversity – historically as well as today.” Hence the neighborhood archetypes you see here: a skater you’d expect to see at the new Max Fish, a baker you’d expect to see over at Doughnut Plant, and, uh, some women with bebbes.
Meanwhile, over in Williamsburg, Los Muralistas de El Puente have been working with local youth and community members to complete a mural commissioned by Two Trees for the construction plywood surrounding the Domino Sugar factory site. “Past, Present, Prediction” also represents the community, according to a description on the Muralistas site.
This dynamic mural depicts the neighborhood’s rich history and Latino cultural values, specifically addressing the significance of Domino Sugar’s presence in the neighborhood and the historic impact of the sugar trade on the Los Sures (Southside of Williamsburg) community. The project reflects on the changes that our community has undergone, and the economic and social tensions surrounding those changes, while emphasizing the community’s resiliency and welcoming disposition. The mural is slated to be completed by mid-August and will incorporate portraits of long-time community members and text from the interviews that El Puente’s SYEP students collected last Friday.
Have a look at the nearly completed mural, panel by panel.