Monday, February 22, 2010

News Flash: Aerosol Artist Mystery Solved

“Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.”
~ Elizabeth Bowen

Yesterday — a bright, sunny, relatively balmy 45-degree Sunday in New York — I walked across the Pulaski Bridge to see if anything new had been added in the past two months to the collection of aerosol art that has fascinated me since last October. This is what I found:

So the stenciled graphics I've been admiring are not the products of a daring graffiti practitioner — they are commissioned works! I admit that at first I was a little disappointed. My fantasy of a talented outlaw artist, burdened with stencils and spray cans, sneaking onto the bridge in the dark of night to perform random acts of illustration has been fun, and I will miss it. But in the end I am rather proud of New York City for supporting this and grateful to Transportation Alternatives, an organization that works to make New York a more livable place.

The creator, Joel Voisard, is a septuple-threat artist who works in an unusually broad array of media. His Web site reveals that the stenciled runners were inspired by the tens of thousands who cross the Pulaski Bridge during each New York City Marathon.

The sleet, snow, road salt and bitter winds of New York in winter have not been kind to the stencil people. I hope Mr. Voisard will give them all a touch-up come spring.

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
~ Galileo Galilei

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