Saturday, September 10, 2011

September 11th Commemorative Street Art: The Williamsburg Mural

Today I came across this block long mural in my neighborhood commemorating September 11, 2001 and the Fire Department of New York City. It goes down the entire block, which is pretty long.

The images are big and sweeping. It reminds me of Lichtenstein and Rosenquist with the use of appropriated images, some of them taken from that day, others artistically expressed. There is a lot in it and it's actually interesting and well executed.
But something is missing.

There is not one single American flag.

The subversive quality left me feeling kind of sick.

Take a look at the complete slide show here.

What you think?

The wide angle image of Ground Zero in the center is very effective in the large format. I tried to capture it in the three pictures below.
It was one of the best parts.

The other good part is this photo of a fireman taking equipment from his truck.
His expression is haunting.

I hope he was one of the guys who made it out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of the most moving 9/11 tributes I have seen. Haunting. From firemen to faceless in minutes.

September 13, 2011 2:55 PM  
Blogger Lali said...

what block is this??

September 21, 2011 9:22 AM  
Blogger Urban Infidel said...

It is on North 5th Street between Kent and Wythe Avenues.

September 23, 2011 6:29 AM  

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