One of the best parts of summer 2015 is the Coney Island Art Walls! Although it’s a haul unless you live in Bay Ridge or near the world famous amusement park, Coney is well worth the hour plus train ride to see some of the best street and graffiti artists in the world. Legends!
Famed curator, art adviser and “Art In The Streets” book and exhibit front-man Jeffrey Deitch and Joseph J. Sitt have curated a fabulous public art walls project via Thor Equities in the middle of Coney Island, Brooklyn steps from the boardwalk and behind Nathans’ Famous Hot Dogs at 1320 Bowery Street. The project will feature the debut of Smorgasburg Coney Island, with 12 diverse food vendors presented by the founders of the popular food market.
Deitch, a leading art adviser and former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and Sitt, CEO of Thor Equities, are gathering some of the most prominent street artists in the world to create more than 20 wall murals for Coney Art Walls.
Artists who have completed pieces (see photos below), include (in order so far), How and Nosm, Daze, Crash, Lady Pink, Jesse Ward, Futura, IRAK, Skewville and a Shepard Fairey wheat paste. Also this week/weekend expect Ben Eine, Lady Aiko and Lee Quinones. Approx. 20+ more are on the way including Kennny Scharf, Icy Signs, Miss Van, Buff Monster Kashink and many more.
“Coney Art Walls will be an outdoor museum, featuring the most innovative street artists from the 1970s to the present,” said Jeffrey Deitch. In 2014, Coney Island recorded its best season in decades, with more than 11.45 million people visiting the beach and boardwalk, according to NYC Parks.
“Thor Equities is committed to honoring Coney Island’s past while preserving its future, and we believe the art wall project and Smorgasburg will go a long way towards achieving that goal,” said Joseph Sitt, CEO of Thor.
Lady Pink working on her wall outside the Coney Island Boardwalk
John “Crash” Matos with his sketch in front of his new Wall
John “Crash” Matos at work for Coney Island Art Walls
How and Nosm’s completed work for Coney Walls
Daze, Crash, Martha Cooper, Lady Pink and Lee Quinones in front of the Daze Wall for Coney Island Walls
Jesse Ward on his tribute to Jeffrey Deitch
Thanks for Leanna Valente for the guest post and see you at Coney Island.