James & Karla Murray Fundraising for ‘Mom & Pop’ Installation in Seward Park

Posted on: May 24th, 2018 at 5:11 am by

Photo: James and Karla Murray

Three months after first revealing their homage to the vanishing city, two prolific storefront chroniclers are raising money for its installation later this summer.

Indeed, husband-wife artists James and Karla Murray just unveiled a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their Lower East Side mom-and-pop throwback.

“Mom & Pops of the L.E.S.” is a bittersweet large-scale public art installation to be housed inside Seward Park. Consisting of an 8 foot high x 12 foot wide x 8 foot deep rectangular wood-frame, the sculpture will include a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette (i.e. Cup & Saucer), a delicatessen, and a local newsstand.

Thus far, the project has earned a public art grant from NYC Parks and Uniqlo to get it off the ground. The Kickstarter goal is more than $3,000, of which about one-third has been raised.

The installation will remain on display for an entire year – from July 2018 through July 2019.

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