Graffiti, NYC style.
I absolutely love art museums. My favorites include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (the spiral façade itself is stunning!), The Frick Collection at Upper East Side (high-quality collection of old paintings and fine furniture housed in a residential mansion), Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia (which boasts Venetian painting masterpieces up to the 18th Century), and Schloss Neuschwanstein (well, the walls and frescoes were painted with ornate and intricate design – the interior has opulence written all over it!).
But the 5POINTZ: Institute of Higher Burnin’ is a huge departure from the museums I mentioned above. It was something fresh, something new, as the outdoor art exhibit puts a new meaning to the word “graffiti”. I seldom appreciate graffiti, but this particular “art museum” is a hidden gem, a sight to behold.
I know what you’re thinking – how on earth were the artists able to paint on the façade?
Dubbed as the world’s largest “graffiti mecca”, 5POINTZ was a feast for the eyes, as it spans almost an entire block. The walls of a 200,000-square foot building serve as the blank canvas for aerosol artists who wanted to showcase their talents and express their creativity through vibrant colors and distorted images. The day I went there, there were guys who were practicing their breakdancing routine.
Many tourists flock the area, who were probably equally astonished as I was. Confused, too, as we rack our brains trying to fathom the message conveyed by the artists through their works of art.
Artists could only paint after securing a permit with the organization. Scroll down for more photos:
There had been reports early this year that this cultural landmark is set to be demolished in 2013 to make room for high rises. This place carries with it a certain historical and cultural significance and a unique charm that draws artists from all over the world. I hope that this cherished landmark gets saved from being torn down.
To artistic expression!