Massive Murals: Buff Monster and Faith47 Go Big a Chrystie Street Warehouse
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It’s a showcase of epic ups on the so-called “gallery block” of Broome Street. In the last month, well-regarded muralists Buff Monster and Faith47 hit the same brick warehouse beside Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Both as commissioned pieces by The Little Italy Street Art Project.
Street artist Faith47 painted an enormous wingspan mural on the facade of 125 Chrystie Street in early July. Her photogenic work replaced the script lettering of Tunisian graffiti writers eL Seed and Jaye, which had been there for a couple years.
Then, over the weekend, Buff Monster, who maintains a studio just across the Bowery, decorated the other side of the warehouse with his token eyeball aliens. (Hanksy reportedly aided the days-long effort, as well.) This second sanctioned mural was produced in conjunction with the first annual LoMan Art Festival, which the LISA Project is also behind.
The choice of canvases is appropriate here. Art flourishes on this block. This tiny cobbled roadway boasts five galleries and celebrity tattooist Bang Bang’s studio.