Friday, December 21, 2007
When Jim Power created his first mosaic on a lamppost on Astor Pace in 1987, a concrete band shell still stood inside Tompkins Square Park, admission to the CBGB club cost $5, and about the same amount could buy a night’s lodging in the Bowery.
Plenty in the East Village has changed in 20 years, and, some say, that is one good reason the dozens of pieces of public art created in the neighborhood by Mr. Power ought to be preserved.
“The mosaics have became landmarks,” said Clayton Patterson, a photographer who has documented the area in Manhattan for 25 years. “They’re some of the only things left that give a feeling of familiarity to the neighborhood.”
In the late 1980s, Mr. Power decided to create 80 mosaics that would mark the neighborhood’s boundaries and some significant sites within its borders. The mosaic trail, as Mr. Power refers to the project, has proceeded in fits and starts as the artist’s fortunes have ebbed and flowed.
Following a Mosaic Path to Chart a Neighborhood’s History
NYT, December 11, 2007
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