Hell Square Feels the Bern with New Bernie Sanders Street Art [PHOTOS]

Posted on: April 14th, 2016 at 5:12 am by
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While all eyes were trained on Washington Square Park yesterday for the Bernie Sanders rally, artist activists lent their own support here on the Lower East Side. The center of Hell Square now feels the Bern.

The LES Dwellers block association joined forces with Clayton Patterson to organize the stunt, having invited a gaggle of street artists to decorate the area with pro-Bernie Sanders artwork. Wallspace of choice for the stunt – the former Galli Restaurant at 98 Rivington Street.

As of last night, seven Sanders-related pieces now grace the corner restaurant. Participants include familiar faces such as Hektad, Vandal Expressionism, Adam Dare, Clockwork Cros, Frank Ape, Primate NYC, Billy London, Xors, Lola Jiblazee, and TriHumph, whose Aladdin Sane tie-in is eye-grabbing.

There is a bonus wheat-paste by the hand of FLOOD at 104 Rivington Street.

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“We assembled a collective of artists who support Bernie Sanders to make a statement on the Lower East Side,” LES Dwellers founder Diem Boyd tells us of the endeavor. “We were looking for unused space, and Galli Restaurant was generous enough to let us realize this community art project.”

And a quick-hit from Jacobin:

Sanders began his political career under the tutelage of his older brother, Larry. President of Brooklyn College’s Young Democrats Club, Larry used to take Bernie to Manhattan’s Lower East Side to campaign against an urban renewal project that threatened to displace low-income residents.

The New York Primary is next Tuesday. Go vote, no matter your political affiliation.

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