The New FAILE Totem at the Bowery Graffiti Wall
Seven days and counting since Brooklyn-based artist duo FAILE papered the Bowery graffiti wall with pulp-fiction-esque images. Overall reaction among the neighborhood thus far seems to be mostly positive. But it’s the addition of an adjacent sidewalk complement that elevates the work above and beyond some of the more recent predecessors. One-upsmanship at its finest.
Bolted to the concrete just a few paces from the graffiti wall is a cylindrical FAILE totem that blends rather well with the little-used corner payphone. We pulled a double-take. The headstock of this new sidewalk-dwelling channels a Native American vibe and spins like a top, carrying carvings with a message of bravery and strength.