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Wooster on Spring - a Street Art Time Capsule

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This morning I headed down to 11 Spring Street, a building that has long been known as a canvas for street artists. In 2003, the building was bought by Lachlan Murdoch (son of Rupert) and was recently sold. The new owners plan to renovate the building, but before they do they decided to allow the Wooster Collective to produce a massive street art installation on the outside and inside of the property (much more here).

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It's a very impressive collection of artists that have participated — Shepard Fairey, WK, Jace, Swoon, David Ellis, FAILE, Cycle, Lady Pink, London Police, Prune, JR, Speto, D*Face, JMR, Blek Le Rat, John Fekner, Bo and Microbo, Above, BAST, Momo, Howard Goldkrand, Borf, Gaetane Michaux, Skewville, Michael DeFeo, Will Barras, Kelly Burns, Abe Lincoln, Jr, Thubdercut, Judith Supine, Rekal, Maya Hayuk, Anthony Lister, Stikman, You Are Beautiful, Gore-B, Elboe-Toe, MCA, Jasmine Zimmerman, Plasma Slugs, Diego, RIPO, The Graffiti Research Lab, Txtual Healing, Mark Jenkins, Dan Witz, Iminendisaster, Rene Gagnon, and Banksy.

I shot a whole bunch of photos which I'll continue to post up here for the next few hours.

Wooster on Spring is open today thru Sunday from 11am-5pm. Once it's over, the owners of the building will renovate and the walls will not be destroyed, but will be covered. A time capsule, if you will. It's a pretty impressive happening though, and if you're into street art, don't miss it this weekend.

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Artists were still painting the outside of the building when I arrived, before the doors were opened.

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Much more after the jump, and I'll be adding to it...

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The press was on hand. They reported it was like watching paint dry.

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These faux crates were stuffed with real produce.

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The building has a terror alert warning system.

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Those are some hot tiger lips.

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The doors open...

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Prepare to be wanded. I was disappointed I had to leave my weapon at the door.

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Did I mention there are four floors of art?

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  1. Absolutely fantastic

    Posted by: Gabriel | Dec 15, 2006 3:25:30 PM


  2. I love it. It's genious marketing. Get interest in the building, renovate it, and then sell it for above market value.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 15, 2006 3:34:25 PM


  3. Awesome! Gosh I'd love to be able to see it. Thanks for posting!

    Posted by: xavier | Dec 15, 2006 4:01:34 PM


  4. Thanks for the tip! That building has always been covered in graffiti art--glad to see they're honoring that. It also used to have little drop lights in each window, which at night made that strange building both spooky and somehow beatific.

    Posted by: Jesse | Dec 15, 2006 4:44:59 PM


  5. Mark Jenkins?
    From Washington City Paper?

    Posted by: zabadak900 | Dec 15, 2006 5:59:35 PM


  6. Major thanks for posting these Andy. Like every other envious schmuck who's not in NYC, I read about this in the Times yesterday (but with oh so few pics posted). If you have more shots, please keep posting here or somewhere. It's all very cool - would love to see more.

    Posted by: Kurt | Dec 15, 2006 7:00:36 PM


  7. too bad no one here respected actual graffiti, glad to see DYM did the right thing. For those who dont know check it out here:
    http://brooklyngods.com

    Posted by: soul | Dec 16, 2006 3:35:16 PM


  8. Mark Jenkins, the tape sculptor, not Mark Jenkins the journalist.

    Posted by: richard | Dec 18, 2006 7:33:56 AM


  9. Great photos! i linked to your site from a post in my blog

    Posted by: ELMANCO / Stefano Ricci | Dec 19, 2006 3:36:47 AM


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