|Still from Monty Python's Life of Brian.|
|Kenny Scharf, Lafayette between Prince and Spring (photo: Street Art NYC).|
So I'm not going to spend time on Bushwick murals other than showing you two unusual ones that I especially like:
|Beau-Stanton, Troutman Street Street near St. Nicholas, Bushwick (a Brooklyn Collective project).|
|Never, 12 Grattan Street between Bogart and Morgan in Bushwick, near the 56 Bogart galleries (photo: Street Art NYC).|
If you want to see some Bushwick street murals in person, there is a group of about 15-20 good ones located on both sides of Troutman street, in the three blocks between Cypress and Irving streets.
|Troutman Street between St. Nicholas and Wyckoff streets, Bushwick|
|Blair Urban Mural, 180 Newark Avenue.|
|Dulk, in front of FJB Comics, 17 Coles Street (a Savage Habbit project).|
|NoseGo on left; LNY on right, A monument to the vile maxim of the masters of Mankind, 129 Columbus Drive, Downtown Jersey City. (both Savage Habbit projects).|
|Pixel Pancho, parking lot side of 143 Columbus Drive, Downtown Jersey City (a Savage Habbit project).|
|Sage Collective, driveway along side 172 Newark Avenue in Downtown Jersey City, 90 feet long.|
In 1996-97 I was involved, in an administrative capacity, with an enormous mural project (350 feet long, up to 60 feet high) on Christopher Columbus Drive between Grove and Barrow streets in Downtown Jersey City.
|Pro Arts, right side of the Columbus Drive Mural, 1997, 110-138 Columbus Drive (photo: Wally Gobetz, taken 2008 when it was already fading).|
|Detail of the Christopher Columbus mural showing faded and pealing paint and graffiti (photo taken 2014).|
|View showing the other side of the driveway from Sage Collective's mural at 172 Newark Avenue in Downtown Jersey City.|
Whether it's intended or not, I expect most of the street murals in Bushwick and Downtown Jersey City will be gone before they deteriorate too much anyway. Bushwick (sad to say for the art scene) is gentrifying so quickly that most of the buildings with murals will soon be demolished or rehabilitated before the murals deteriorate. And while Downtown Jersey City is already gentrified, most of the murals are located in surface parking lots, and buildings will inevitably be constructed on these lots as land becomes more and more valuable.
As to the Columbus Drive mural, renewal of the street is proceeding rapidly.
|Columbus Drive mural today, May 2, 2014.|