FABnyc Mural Inspired by Dee Dee Ramone Poem at Extra Place

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 at 10:23 am by

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Mural in progress. Photo: Lori Greenberg

The spirit of Joey Ramone inhabits many places in the East Village, including a new one.

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

The latest sidewalk mural at Extra Place is inspired by a Dee Dee Ramone poem, written about Joey soon after his death. The outdoor public work, by artist Raul Ayala, a member of the NYC-based Antagonist art movement, is currently underway. The finished artwork will depict punk rockers as wild creatures, carrying a dragon puppet. The dragon represents Joey’s spirit in the poem.

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

Also in the composition is a yellow brick road and images of iconic downtowners, including Hilly Kristal, deceased owner of the now-defunct CBGB. Very fitting, since Extra Place was the back alley of the Ramones’ home away from home, CBGB.

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Raul Ayala and Keith Schweitzer. Photo: Lori Greenberg

The project got its start when famed Ramones art director Arturo Vega (designer of the iconic Ramones logo) gave the poem to Ayala. Curator and Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) Director of Public Art Keith Schweitzer then came on board, bringing the project into FABnyc’s continuing series at Extra Place.

The mural looks to be about halfway complete, so go check out the progress. It will be finished in the next week or so (weather depending), and will be up throughout the summer and fall.

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