Street Art Duo ASVP Just Began Painting 8-Story Mural at Essex Crossing

Posted on: November 8th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Tapped two months ago by Essex Crossing, street art duo ASVP is already headlong into its massive mural near Grand and Suffolk Streets.

As previously reported, the piece daubs the western exposure of The Rollins (aka Site 5), and measures 10,600 square-feet — 220 feet long and as high as 79 feet tall. When complete, the artwork will be one of the largest in downtown Manhattan.

Actually seeing a mural here is a long time in the making. Way back in September 2017, the developer consortium behind the mega-project, Delancey Street Associates, put out a public call for muralists to decorate the facade. The two-man crew from Brooklyn, ASVP, comprised of Simon Grendene and Victor Anselmi, was winner amongst a field of 85 other submissions.

“People often stop and ask what’s happening, and this offers the opportunity to share more about the ideas behind the work, and it creates an additional social component to the piece that otherwise wouldn’t be there if you, for example, just were in a museum or gallery,” Anselmi, who started ASVP with Grendene in 2009, said in September.

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