Friday, September 28, 2007

New York Beautification Project


I’ve been patiently waiting for my book “New York Beautification Project” to arrive, and now that it’s here I’m soooo taken with the work of Ellen Harvey. She’s an artist and the book is all about her project (of the same name) where she painted a series of 40 small, gorgeous, oval oil paintings throughout New York City as graffiti, often incorporating them into existing graffiti. The photos of the paintings are amazing, but all I can think is how it would feel to walk down the street and spy one of these precious little paintings, in person, on a fire hydrant or a crumbling brick wall. The whole thing is such a wonderful thought provoking concept.

2 comments:

Aline said...

I LOVE these--I'm going to NYC in a month or so and will keep my eye out. What a brilliant idea--but how does she paint them quickly?

Birdy B said...

I know! I'd love to see them in person. I'm curious to know how they've survived——whether people have respected them and let them be, or not. Enjoy NYC. I'm jealous!