Clash of Economic Titans in Mott Street Mural

Posted on: May 1st, 2012 at 6:46 am by

It’s a somewhat sheltered wall along a recessed sidewalk that, for years, has boasted some form of street art. For awhile there, the illusional mural on Mott Street reigned supreme, giving an added touch of nature to an already tree-covered block. Vandals eventually had their say, and the artwork slowly succumbed to the usual spray tagging. POKE, in particular, soiled the lower half of the edifice. Last week, however, the street collage received another ambitious layer of creativity. This one is more a public commentary on economics called “Up and Down.”

Seattle-based artists Jonathan Matas and Zach Rockstad invaded the Lower East Side and painted side-by-side black and white portraits of Adam Smith and Karl Marx. Capitalism versus communism – the clash of economic titans, if you will.

Circa 2009

Matas is also the artist behind a number of paintings inside Facebook headquarters.

[Archive photo via Panoramio]

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