“Hands Mural” on Allen Street Replaced with Diet Coke Ad

Posted on: June 17th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

True murals for the community (i.e. free from corporate clutches) are becoming a rarity these days.  So many are destroyed and replaced with transient advertising.  For instance, we’ve seen the “Spay/Neuter” succumb to whitewashing, and John Lennon’s Imagine disappear from Avenue B.  At least Chico remains fairly prolific around the Lower East Side, despite living in Florida.  But now another piece of neighborhood artwork has been covered, courtesy of Diet Coke and Starbucks.

Sometime yesterday, a new adhesive advert was applied to the Allen Street facade of Starbucks, effectively destroying the longstanding “hands mural.” This Diet Coke vinyl is pasted directly atop the old artwork, and even though paint wasn’t utilized in the cover-up, there’s still a good chance the mural will carry scars upon removal.

[November 2010]

The artwork itself, a joint effort between the Henry Street School for International Studies and One World Now!, had recently become a renewed target for vandals.  Before the corporate takeover, the positive message read:

We made the mural by first looking at the quote.  We decided to look at it from a women’s point of view.  This is because women had little voice in the making of this world.  We wanted a global theme so we made a picture for the local community.  We wanted to add symbols of womanhood so we added female hands holding the earth.  We did this so the harsh picture of the city would be contrasted with the soft hands of a woman.  We hope that our mural shows how women will be involved in reshaping the world.

Recent Stories

ludlow-fight-dl
Another Brawl outside The DL Engulfed Ludlow Street Last Night [VIDEO]

It’s painfully clear that The DL, reigning supreme as one of the Lower East Side’s worst nightlife offenders, still cannot control its crowds. Another brawl erupted last night shortly after 11pm, during one of its Sunday night events. If you’re keeping score, this incident transpired exactly one year after another such fight spilled from the establishment and […]

177ludlow-paintjob_wm
First Look Inside Black Tap Ludlow Street, Opening Early June [PHOTOS]

The first glimpse of Black Tap Ludlow comes courtesy of prolific street artist Fumero. He was, well, tapped to paint the walls with several interlocking murals, and has been at it for weeks. The art boasts themes of New York City and the skyline. Yesterday, the French doors opened onto Ludlow Street to reveal the […]

100east-broadway-1_wm
Here’s a Very Different Look at the 14-Story Commercial Condo Coming to Pike and East Broadway

Some serious height is coming to a bustling corner of East Broadway in Chinatown. The former home of a Mobil gas station, 2 Pike Street – nay, rebranded as 100 East Broadway – will soon be reincarnated as fourteen stories (180 feet) of glassy commercial condos (“boutique office condominium”). The single level convenience store of […]

clinton-cyclist-accident
More on the Clinton Street Collision that Injured a Crossing Pedestrian

A man crossing Clinton Street Friday evening was reportedly struck by a car in the crosswalk at Henry Street. When we initially broke the story, the initial dispatch from the scene was that a cyclist was hit by a FedEx truck. However, an eyewitness who saw the incident unfold “in real time” refuted the claim, and […]

epsteins-return-2_wm
Epstein’s Bar Revival Underway with 310 Bowery Bar Principal at the Helm

It was bound to happen; Epstein’s Bar is making a comeback. Quiet since September 2015, the cornershop at 82 Stanton Street that previously housed Epstein’s Bar is revived. The security gates have been shuttered for the majority of that time, yet the last few weeks have seen increased activity; on separate occasions we spotted suits […]

  • Capitalism

    the people to be upset with are not the coca cola people. but the owner of the building who, when coca cola called, said “why yes, i would love your money and i’ll happily let you paint over whatever is up there now.”

  • Pingback: diet coke Information | Dieting News()