‘Mom-and-Pop’ Installation in Seward Park Dismantled, Headed to Philadelphia

Posted on: June 28th, 2019 at 5:03 am by

The photographic tribute to mom-and-pop businesses on the Lower East Side is now gone.

Acclaimed husband-and-wife photographers James and Karla Murray this week dismantled the “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” installation, which had been seated in a Seward Park plant-bed for the last year. The duo has plans for a permanent revival, though. Yet not in New York City.

According to a bittersweet announcement on their Facebook page, the structure will be relocated out-of-state to the Civic Art Collection in Philadelphia.

“Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” is a large-scale public art installation that debuted in June 2018. It consists of an 8-foot-high-by-12-foot-wide-by-8-foot-deep rectangular wood-frame, and includes four nearly-life-size photographs of family-owned businesses, most of which have vanished. Three of the four are gone – Cup & Saucer, Chung’s bodega, and the Superette – leaving just Katz’s Deli.

We are excited to announce that we have found a new permanent home for our public art installation “Mom-and-Pops of the…

Posted by JamesandKarla Murray on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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