Disappearing Art on the Streets of NYC

disappearing street art nyc suerat mural

During the summer of 2001, I began to carry my camera through our Lower Manhattan neighborhood, snapping anything of interest. Based on the growing real estate development scene in the neighborhood, I knew this mural of Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jette was not long for this world.

Click thru on the picture to get a true sense of the scale – over six stories tall. The individual bricks lend to Seurat’s signature pointillism style, killing smooth lines, relying on points of color to create the image.

Now standing on this corner is a high-rise, high-rent residential building. As an early proponent of the neighborhood, I was/am definitely an advocate of progress…but this was at a pretty high cost if you ask me. But no one asked me…