First Look at Kim Sillen’s ‘Asphalt Art’ on Division Street

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 at 10:00 am by
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The Division Street traffic triangle is now getting its long-planned makeover. Artist Kim Sillen began painting the asphalt a couple weeks ago as part of another “revitalization” push by the Lower East Side BID (even though this spot technically falls outside its jurisdiction). “Modern Tapestry,” as the piece is called, boasts plenty of colorful geometry.

While not yet complete, the new canvas is already crisscrossed with a bevy of dark scuff marks. After all, skateboarders and BMXers have long practiced tricks in this spot … and more so after the pavement was primed for art. So this mural certainly won’t put an end to it. Our guess is that it’ll fade fairly fast under those grinding wheels.

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“Modern Tapestry” is sponsored by the Lower Easy Side BID, with funding from the DOT’s pARTners program. Millen was chosen victor after a brief contest period last fall.

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