“You!” paste-ups on Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side of downtown New York City. This stretch of wall along the block of Ludlow between Hester and Canal streets has recently become a regular spot for street art, especially of a strain of art-world conscious wheat-paste works and posters.
One of our go-to local restaurants downtown New York City is the Fat Radish. It’s just a block away from Global Graphica HQ in the Below-Delancey (a.k.a., “BelDel”) / Northeast Chinatown area of the Lower East Side. The restaurant menu is an refreshingly original, contemporary take on English gastropub fare (there’s the classic “the Full English” breakfast). The food is refreshingly good and beautiful presented as the elegant, yet laidback shabby-chic interior decor of its renovated space. The Fat Radish is in the first floor of an old Orchard Street tenement building formerly occupied by a Chinese wholesale business.
We couldn’t resist this guilty pleasure (and neither could 17 million YouTube viewers): The latest DC Shoes Gymkhana video of an insanely awesome high-speed drive by Ken Block through the streets of San Francisco.
The Los Angeles Time’s recently ran a story about the innovated preservation of an iconic, massive mural painted by artist Johanna Poethig on a downtown L.A. building in 1993. As the L.A. Times’ photo below shows, the mural, titled “Calle de la Eternidad,” is currently under scaffolding as work is being done for the mural project.
What makes this preservation and restoration so unusual is the painting is being digitally preserved and re-scaled so that it can be moved — that is, re-painted — to another wall of the same building its on. A non-profit organization called the Social & Public Art Resource Center, or SPARC, is leading the effort and has employed a technology and process that is fascinating:
The mural, measuring 42-feet-wide and 72-feet-tall, has been scanned and photographed using 120 digital frames by SPARC. The plan is for the images to be stitched together so Poethig can take brush to screen and digitally re-create the painting. A fabric canvas, 20% smaller than the original acrylic-on-concrete mural, will adorn the building once it’s renovated.