Client: Lower East Side Partnership (100 Gates)
Location: New York, NY, United States
Completion date: 2015
Artwork budget: $1,000
Public Art Agent
LES Partnership (100 Gates)
“Chrystie Street” is a mural painted on an existing metal gate. It measures 9 x 21 inches and was painted for LES Partnership's 100 Gates Initiative.
This project was painted as part of an initiative to engage the community on the Lower East Side of Manhattan as well as beautify the streets.
LES Partnership was an excellent organization and a pleasure to work with. They secured the site and ensured communication between me and the storefront, keeping the agency, business, and community happy.
The project was inspired by its immediate surroundings. Chinatown is of particular interest to me because a beautiful historic culture coexists so apparently alongside contemporary society. My piece for 100 Gates, 'Chrystie Street,' considers this tension through the consideration of 'kitsch' items available in the various shops in the Lower East Side area. I considered a number of souvenir-type housewares before creating my final design. I have an interest in historic objects and how they transform through various methods of appropriation into a more 'campy' existence.