Nicholas Forker Paints Rag & Bone Mural

Posted on: May 3rd, 2011 at 6:39 am by

The last Rag & Bone mural lived a fairly tortuous life during its twilight years on the Elizabeth Street facade of 73 East Houston.  Four months after the so-called farewell piece, the space was painted by Honduran-born Josh Villatoro, and remained pristine for many moons.  All that changed, however, with the advent of the Lady Gaga Supreme street campaign in March.  Thereafter, the proverbial flood gates opened and the entire wall again became a target for vandalism.

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Fast forward to last Friday morning, when two workers armed with paint rollers and a scaffold whitewashed what remained of Villatoro’s chicken-egg mural.  Their intentions were to prime the canvas for the arrival of artist Nicholas Forker on Saturday afternoon.  His new creation is dubbed “Action Man,” and depicts a fully-dressed astronaut seated on a couch (where are Beavis and Butthead?).  The piece itself was exploited by the chic boutique to help bolster sales.  Indeed, tees with this design were offered to purchasing patrons.

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Racked explains that this latest piece is the second participant in Rag & Bone’s Houston/PROJECT initiative, an ongoing art series which farms talent to paint new murals on the wall.

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Cafe Colonial closed almost a year to the day (May 25).  How did this loss affect you?

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