“Brandon Many Ribs” Artist: JR
I love street art. A LOT. Whether it’s walking around the Fulton Market District here in Chicago or other urban areas around the world I know that I drive those traveling with me nuts because I am constantly stopping to snap photos of even the most obscure works as we’re walking along.
There is nothing obscure about any of the works of art we came across walking along the High Line in West Chelsea during my last trip to New York City. The first amazing piece I encountered was “Brandon Many Ribs,” shown above, by artist JR. Made up of 64 printed panels that are adhered to the bricks of a building along the north end of the High Line, this is one of many works from the Inside Out Project, a collaboration between the artist and people around the world participating in this project. Find out more here.
“The High Line Zoo” Artist: Jordan Betten
Next up was “The High Line Zoo” by New York City artist Jordan Betten, founder of Lost Art. The “zoo,” which can be found between 27th and 28th street along the High Line is one of many very recognizable murals of Betten’s found around the world. Find out more about Betten and his work here.
A new take on, “VJ Day in Times Square” Artist: Unknown
I am not totally certain who the artist was who created this mural, a take on Alfred Eisenstaedt’s “VJ Day in Times Square,” but it immediately caught my eye. I was one of the many college kids who had the photograph up on the wall of my apartment after the movie, “Singles” came out. (a movie which, to this day, is still in my top ten favorite movies of all time… have you heard the soundtrack??) I loved this take on the original photograph and wish I knew who the artist is (I’m going to venture a guess it’s not the person “Kobra” who felt the need to tag the mural)
There was so much more to see walking along the High Line, it’s definitely worth the trip and, walking around Chelsea provided so many more opportunities to shoot street art as well as awesome architecture. While you’re there, if you get a little hungry, I definitely recommend stopping by Pastis for a quick bite of lunch… the Mediterranean tuna sandwich is AMAZING.