Street Artist Futura Begins Painting the Bowery Graffiti Wall Today
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As first reported here this week, seminal graffiti artist Futura (aka Lenny McGurr, Futura 2000) is the latest entrant into the annals of the Bowery wall history. The Ron English “All American Tempter Tot” was scraped from the facade after Labor Day and readied for the newest mural. Futura quartered the canvas on Wednesday, but was quickly sidelined due to yesterday’s rain.
Expect a completed piece on the Bowery graffiti wall in two to three days.
Futura said the following in a press release yesterday:
When I was contacted to paint the Houston/Bowery wall, my first thought was ‘OH MY GOD!’ ‘Then I started thinking about colors and content and exposure. LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION. It is an absolute honor to join the list of creative individuals who have previously worked on this wall and moved through such historic time and space. My mural is inspired by and in loving memory of Mr. Tony Goldman, a true friend and supporter for many years.
Goldman Properties has owned the Bowery graffiti wall since 2004. The rotating series of murals began four years later, ushered in by a Keith Haring reproduction on what would’ve been his 50th birthday. A larger encasement of the wall followed, which allowed for the preservation of Os Gemeos within.
Tony Goldman died three years ago today at age 68.