Kenny Scharf Graffiti Wall Cleanup

Posted on: March 18th, 2011 at 6:39 am by

Scrubbing and restoration work continued yesterday at Tony Goldman’s graffiti wall on the Bowery.  Gallery workers from The Hole, the new art institution which curates the wall, tended to this latest mess with spray-cans of graffiti removal product.  Some sprightly St. Patrick’s Day revelers even stopped by to volunteer their services, however briefly, in the cleanup effort and to snap a quick photo.

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We were told that Kenny Scharf probably won’t return to repair his mural.  After the last major bombing in December 2010, a coat of anti-graffiti repellent was applied to the restored artwork.  The formula used was apparently the same grade currently painted on subway cars to combat tagging.  Its quick-fix application at the graffiti wall was reportedly the explanation for those temporary security guards back in January.

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The Kenny Scharf piece will run through the end of the month, so expect a new mural here very soon.  The cackling cartoon faces are on the outs.

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