The iconic mural ‘Spirit of Harlem‘ by artist Louis Delsarte was replaced this week with painted black brick, sporting signage of one of the new shops in the commercial space at 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
The beloved mural was commissioned by North Fork Bank in 2005, and continued to maintain its place in the community when Capital One Bank moved in. Artist, Louis Delsarte created the ‘Spirit of Harlem’ mosaic as a tribute to to the plethora of artists within the Harlem community.
One of the workmen assured us that the mosaic was fully intact underneath the black brick facade. However, reassured – we were not. We hope the next tenant will ~ Tear down that wall. We believe the owner of the property resides on the second floor ~ United House of Prayer for All People, a large and prosperous religious organization and major real estate holder in the area.
The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC.org), linking to our post above, is monitoring this development, and also linked to petition in the comments section of the above post.
Read about the historic Julien Binford mural, currently under threat, on West 14th Street.
On a positive note, read about the new 100 Gates Project in East Harlem, new Taino Towers mural, #Education is Not A Crime (#NotACrime) throughout Harlem, Dizzy’s 100th Birthday mural (part of #NotACrime), the White Park Art Wall, Guerrilla Wall, historic murals of El Barrio, and the historic Harlem Gates of Franco the Great.
Save the Date for Spirit of Community at Harlem Hospital, currently on view.