JR x Liu Bolin Epic Wheat-Paste at 11 Spring Street

Posted on: March 20th, 2012 at 6:28 am by

The eastern terminus of Spring Street – between Bowery and Elizabeth – was once bookended by two graffiti mainstays. Luckily one still exists.

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While the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery – the artist residence of Jay Maisel – continues to attract layer upon layer of street art, its onetime artistic counterpart in 11 Spring suffered the antiseptic upscale treatment. Five years ago, the so-called Candle Building was amidst a bomb-vs-buff battle at the corner of Elizabeth when the plywood arrived on scene, signaling the end of the old order. The iconic property was washed, polished, and carved apart to make way for three ginormous condo units. Since the conversion, there hasn’t been much in the way of graffiti onsite.

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Photo Credit: Arrested Motion

However, prolific French street artist JR just ended the proverbial drought at 11 Spring with this epic wheat-paste placement. Seriously, this latest piece is one-story tall. According to Arrested Motion, the stunt is actually a collaboration with Beijing-based artist Liu Bolin, and is promo for an upcoming exhibit at Eli Klein Fine Art on West Broadway. JR shot the photo, which features Bolin’s fingers and eyeball.

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JR was last spotted on the Lower East Side in June 2011, papering both the graffiti wall and the plywood at Sons of Essex before it opened.

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[11 Spring, 2006; Photo Credit: Official Station]

[H/T to @therambling]

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