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