Street Artist Marks 50th Anniversary of ‘Velvet Underground & Nico’ with Bananas and Song Quotes
Yesterday marked the fiftieth anniversary of seminal rock record, The Velvet Underground & Nico.
In celebration of this milestone, music-minded street artist JayShells shadowed the New York City landmarks relevant to the band, and bolted token Andy Warhol bananas as identifiers (i.e. the iconic album cover). Each piece contains a lyric inscription, and is located in a spot significant to the group.
For instance, the one at Stanton Street and the Bowery quotes, “I am tired, I am weary, I could sleep for a thousand years.”
Noticeably absent, however, is a banana outside 56 Ludlow Street; at least for now. It is at this address – a nondescript Lower East Side tenement – that the Velvet Underground was born.
JayShells has been active on the city streets for years, imparting everything from urban etiquette signage to “Rap Quotes.”