Marcoart Truck in SPURA Site 3

Posted on: May 10th, 2010 at 6:28 am by

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Much of the ten-parcel, city-owned SPURA land languishes as an unofficial commercial parking district.  The lots below Delancey, in particular, are stashed with dozens of graffiti-laden trucks, and remain photogenic symbols of urban decadence. SPURA Site 3, though, is actually operated by the LESBID. Located on Broome Street between Norfolk and Suffolk Streets, the gravel lot contains roughly 170 spaces of free three-hour parking, along with a gatekeeper (are you the keymaster?). And every so often, one vehicle stands out from the rest.

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Friday evening, the circus-like Marcoartmobile was parked in lot 3.  The vehicle is a moving gallery for his art, and is sheathed in the signature octopus cartoonage. By Saturday morning, it was gone.

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The Daily News coincidentally published a story yesterday about the renovated bread truck, which is only two weeks young.  Marco is going mobile.

“There are so many food trucks around now, so I thought I would riff off that,” said Marco, 42, from inside his truck, parked in Tribeca. “You order the burger, the guy makes the burger. You order the art, I make the art.”

Marco decided to take his art on the road two weeks ago as a way to find a new audience, make some money and get some fresh air. He said he had grown tired of sitting inside a shop, waiting for customers.

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