Os Gemeos Portrait Now Watching Over Allen Street
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Os Gemeos is no stranger to the Lower East Side. The Brazilian brothers – identical twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo – have hit the area with several murals over the years, including the Bowery Graffiti Wall and a boombox-toting B-boy on Second Avenue. Now the duo is immortalized in portrait above Allen Street.
Nascent street art program “The New Allen” tapped Jorit Agoch, who specializes in hyper-realistic portraits, to memorialize Os Gemeos high up on the facade of 127 Allen Street. The piece was completed last week.
The New Allen was founded by Baby Brasa co-owner Milan Kelez over the summer with a series of murals between Delancey and Rivington Street. It went indoors after notorious landlord Samy Mahfar donated the available real estate at 104 Delancey to to house street art under the umbrella of The New Allen Art Foundation. The space has been empty and largely under-utilized pretty much since the Washington Mutual/Chase bank branch folded four years ago. Except for some Halloween stores and random art installations.