Expect to See Mosaic Man’s Restored Light Poles in Redesigned Astor Place Come August [PHOTOS]
When the redesigned Astor Place is christened in September – an event more than ten years and $16 million in the making, by the way – part of Jim Power’s beloved “Mosaic Trail” will be restored along with it. As previously reported, the city saw fit to return ten of the artful ornaments after their removal (i.e. not powered).
Both the Mosaic Man and Arab-American mosaic artist Haifa Bint-Kadi reportedly signed contracts with the city for the restoration effort. And from what we understand, were accounted the first payment.
Installation and requisite dedication will actually transpire a month before the inaugural, sometime in August. During the official three-day celebration, the Mosaic poles will be dedicated, and a “Making Mosaics” workshop offered to the public.
It’s worth reiterating that, all along, a group of friends and supporters that counts City Lore, the Village Alliance, Bob Holman (Bowery Poetry) and Clayton Patterson in its ranks, together donated time and mental power to ensure that the artistic legacy of Jim Power remains intact at this historic crossroads. Part of that strategy is quelling the concerns of the artist himself (a disabled Vietnam veteran).
Below is a gallery of Clayton’s images, past and present.