Mosaic Man Revamps NYPD Tribute Pole in Astor Place

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 at 5:17 am by

Jim “Mosaic Man” Power just revamped his NYPD tribute pole in Astor Place (aka “in the line of duty”). The legendary local artist has been raising funds for months to help complete the final pieces of his “Mosaic Trail” restoration project.

We happened upon the Mosaic Man last Friday as he glued an assortment of shards to the pole outside the Death Star’s CVS outpost.

The 75-year-old Vietnam veteran, who spent years in direct opposition to the city for its reconfiguration of the area, fought to keep his legacy in the area. Seven of Power’s original light poles were salvaged in 2014, stored, restored, then reinstated.

More work is needed.

Upon the Astor Place unveiling last November, The Village Alliance, City Lore, advocacy groups, and private individuals kickstarted a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the $22,000 restoration. Money would go toward ensuring the “the final elements of restoration can be completed to the artist’s vision”; they’ve raised $5,623 of that goal thus far.

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