Believe it or not, there was a reason why I made my sister walk a lot while she was visiting. Besides the fact that I am an inveterate walker, I had more time during break and it’s just calming to walk in the company of a loved one, I simply wanted my sister to be more curious.
If you haven’t noticed already in my instagram photos or facebook posts, I quite like street art. I think it’s the “voice” that says what everyone is thinking but is too afraid to say. Its transient nature, as ever-changing as our own mood and lives, intrigues me. It’s a barometer or even a mood ring of our culture and by extension, perhaps, the collective voice of our generation if not our time. For the most part, art you see in galleries and museums reflects the inner workings of the artist/creator whereas the way I see it, street art is created for the public by the public. The city, NYC in this case, is a canvas.
Art is relatable to each and every one of us in some way. I especially like street art because someone like me- someone who isn’t a professional artist, just someone with a vision- created it and had an impact on others.
Besides, street art makes nice backgrounds for photos, don’t you think? I say win-win.
Here is the street art we came across!! All photos taken by me, please credit accordingly 🙂
My sister admitted she was a bit hesitant about coming to New York because she was scared. I knew I had to take her around the city the long way to help replace her fear of the unknown with curiosity. I wanted her to keep her eyes, mind and heart open. If you’re curious, you’re never bored and who knows what you’ll come across and learn! In my little “about me” on the right, I quote Einstein by saying “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious,” and it’s absolutely true. Staying curious has allowed me to consume information as inspiration and I’m always looking for more ways to outdo myself and improve. My thirst for learning comes from being curious.
This is what I wanted my sister to know and experience through our street art adventure. She was a bit alarmed and embarrassed when I would randomly stop to take photos but I think she’ll thank me later.
This wall in particular- the Bowery Graffiti Mural wall-is located in the Lower East Side at Hudson street and Bowery. It changes often as it is sanctioned for different artists to paint on. For more on its history click here.
Stay hungry, stay Curious.
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“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision”- James Whistler