A Love Letter to the City

A Love Letter to the City

Book - 2014
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Stretched across city walls and along rooftops, Stephen Powers's colorful large-scale murals sneak up on you. "Open your eyes / I see the sunrise," "If you were here I'd be home," "Forever begins when you say yes." What at first looks like nothing as much as an advertisement suddenly becomes something grander and more mysterious—a hand-painted love letter at billboard size. Combining community activism and public art, Powers and his team of sign mechanics collaborate with a neighborhood's residents to create visual jingles— sincere and often poignant affirmations and confessions that reflect the collective hopes and dreams of the host community. A Love Letter to the City gathers the artist's powerful public art project for the first time, including murals on the walls and rooftops of Brooklyn and Syracuse, New York; Philadelphia; Dublin and Belfast, Ireland; São Paolo, Brazil, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Powers presents this photo-essay of urban art, clustered in the eight locations of Coney Island, Dublin/Belfast, Philadelphia, Syracuse, São Paulo, Brooklyn, and Johannesburg, and a final section on personal artistic tagging. Each section reflects on the process of contributing public art to an area, the community’s reaction, artistic design, initial inspiration, and the goal of creating something that will be meaningful and positive for residents. The intellectual contrast and material homology of “graffiti” vs. the artist’s work is continually revisited, with implications for the role and constraints on public art in the urban milieu. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: New York :, Princeton Architectural Press,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Description: 171 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781616892081
1616892080
Branch Call Number: 751.73 Pow
Additional Contributors: Eleey, Peter,

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