5 Pointz

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45-46 Davis Street, Long Island City, NY, USA
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Transitory Transito…
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5 Pointz- outdoors art Sep 20, 2009
About 15 minutes away on the train from Grand Central Station, Long Island City where 5 pointz is located, is easy to reach.

I lived briefly in Sunnyside, the neighborhood bordering LIC, on the 7 train line. As my train emerged out of the tunnel onto elevated train tracks, I would pass a building covered with spray paint murals. Instead of being just ugly tags, a multiple networks of buildings were covered in whole pictures of scenes, some with anime, some with pictures of people, flowers, skulls, block writing, etc.

An out of town visitor later informed me this space is called 5 pointz, constantly evolving art work comprised of graffiti. The owner of the buildings wanted to give aerosol artists a blank canvas to create with the only rule to be inventive not just crappy scrawls of tags that most urban areas are vandalized with, and thus an amazing ever-growing artwork came into being. There are more pictures on the 5 pointz link in the meantime to see what this very NYC attraction holds. It's not on the mainstream well-known blip yet, as Times Square, or Empire State Building but it's worth stopping by.


There are no lines, no admission, no time limits to observe the outdoors facade, except for day light hours, a chance to see artists in their process, and a very unique look at urban art.

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Transitory says:
you are very welcome.
Posted on: Apr 13, 2010
Transitory says:
These are commercial buildings which the owner has elected for the artists to apply for permits from him to paint on his building. I am thinking of applying but those who want to submit, must provide a sketch of what they would want to do or a portfolio of work...

In the article you refer to, it is certainly the public's right to vote if the artist/s is working in a public space.

I hate the snobbery of the "fine-art afficiandos" who sneer that the public has no idea of art. That has some truth to it, as in perhaps they do not have the training to distinguish skill or the styles being evoked but many of us can still have an appreciation of aesthetic, and there is no "defacement" if the owner is allowing it. Fucking pompous asses, we should invite them to the Pretentious Travbuddy group.
Posted on: Sep 19, 2009
Dr_Seuss says:
There is a debate, and there will be a vote, in Bristol in England about what is considered atistic graffiti and what is not. The ones the public vote for,on the councils website, will be kept, and the others removed

Posted on: Sep 19, 2009
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