Mosaic Man to Start East Village Mosaic Trail Tours
At age 64, it seems Jim “Mosaic Man” Power has recently hit an unstoppable stride. Within the last year, his exposure in the neighborhood has definitely increased. New tiled treasures around the East Village, an artistic partnership with The Bean, and a concerted effort toward merchandising (Cafe Press, Etsy, etc.). Time to add tours to the list of accomplishments.
The New York Post had an item yesterday on the beloved Lower East Side artist, noting that he is currently developing tours of the Mosaic Trail. Sidewalk docents will be hired for the job. Meanwhile, a map of his public art is still in the works.
On Second Avenue and St. Marks Place, the Mosaic Man, who is always accompanied by his mosaic-wearing dog Jesse Jane, points out two finished poles with an American flag and a Japanese flag. He plans to create mosaics on the remaining corners of the intersection with Australian and Kenyan flags to symbolize the different corners of the world.
The city first judged his artwork vandalism, and tore down some 50 mosaics in the 1990s. But city officials have since embraced the tiled tour-master, and gave him permission to adorn 80 street lamps.