Street Artist GILF is Now Selling ‘Gentrification in Progress’ Tape

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 at 5:12 am by

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Photo: Gilf’s Instagram

​It was only inevitable. Due to popular demand, Bushwick-based street artist GILF (aka Ann Lewis) is making one of her more high-profile creations available for purchase. Starting today, anyone with $60 in their pocket can pick up a roll of “Gentrification in Progress” tape. It’s a move that will certainly enable all the guerrilla activists out there.

Conceived to resemble police-issued crime scene tape, GILF initially sought to demarcate zones where gentrification is rampant. A bold, effective message calling out greed on the spot. Recent placements included the Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery (during the Vito Schnabel sham show) and Pearl Paint on Canal Street after its demise.

GILF has been wrapping the handy yellow tape around the Five Boroughs for almost two years. Credit Hanksy, really. “Originally I made this to barricade off my ‘Define Progress’ performance and installation at Surplus Candy back in 2014,” GILF tells us.

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“Define Progress” as part of Hanksy’s Surplus Candy show

“I then started to install it outside buildings owned by slumlords, and corporate businesses that were taking over spaces that once housed small businesses. It’s really effective in barring people from moving through certain spaces, just as gentrification actually does the same thing to entire communities when expensive homes and services move in and take over.”

The Gentrification in Progress tape runs $60 per roll, which includes one thousand feet of fun for you … not them.

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