It all started with a casual conversation between a gallery owner/artist rep and a chief marketing officer of a formidable new building. That was a few years & a lot of paint cans ago. The gallery owner ~ Doug Smith, World Trade Gallery ~ on the other side of the conversation, Dara McQuillan, 4 World Trade Center, Silverstein Properties.
And so the project began ~ Graffiti in the Sky would become a collaboration of sixty well-known street artists painting 34,000 square feet on the 69th floor of 4 World Trade Center, overlooking the 9/11 Memorial, that would eventually be leased to Spotify.
Fast-forward two years, with a new set of canvases from Silverstein Properties, now partnering with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with some of the same artists. The site would be the large sheds surrounding the empty lot that will become Two World Trade Center ~ across from the Oculus, surrounded by Greenwich, Vesey and Church Streets. It is the site where the South Tower stood until September 11.
The artists for the Two World Trade Center Mural Project began their work this month and will cover the front of the large steel sheds with color and their signature work, bringing to this solemn site, a message for a hopeful future, as tourists and fellow New Yorkers pause to watch them work.
Below are the images that will make up the Two World Trade Center Mural Project. We will continue to update as the murals progress.
#Stickymonger, high on a lift, on this day, under the threat of rain.
The Brooklyn-based artist Stickymonger (Joohee Park) is known for her large black vinyl stickers in window installations, but for this project we found her on a lift surrounded by cans of paint recreating her signature wide-eyes young girl. She was one of the Graffiti in the Sky artists at 4 WTC.
Stickymonger’s wall can be found opposite The Oculus, at the entrance to the World Trade Center Path Train
#Hektad, below, brings love to two walls in the form of colorful hearts on one, and rows of the word ‘Love‘ on another. His signature “Love Drunk” is a perfect message to give to the four million people who will walk by his wall, while visiting the 9/11 Memorial this coming year.
A New York City graffiti pioneer, who began his artistic life at a young age painting trains in the 1980s, Hektad spread “Love” all over this City. Harts on the side of buildings, pop-up gallery shows, in parks, on gates, and even on strings! And a giant splattered heart in honor of the man who fell to earth, A Bowie lightning bolt at the 2nd Avenue F Stop. #Hektad
#BoogieRez = Riisa Boogie and Rezones
You will find BoogieRez across from The Oculus, next to the entrance to the World Trade Center Path Train.
The Boogie half of BoogieRez will tell you that her creatures are her energy ~ her ‘Optimistic Rebels’ filled with imagination, curiosity, emotions and ambition. She was also one of the Graffiti in the Sky artists at 4 WTC.
#ToddGrayLA ~ Los Angeles based artist Todd Gray, below, is known for his classic images of pop from the past, combining them with new and recognizable contemporary pop art ~ in cartoons, superheroes, hashtags, emojis.
Gray’s wall can be found on the corner of Greenwich Street, across from The Oculus, right next to BoogieRez, and is a stunning 65 foot by 25 foot pedestrian-stopper! POW! is an understatement.
Around the corner to Vesey Street, #Brolga + #ChinonMaria & Sebastian Mitre
#Brolga is an Australian-born, Brooklyn-based artist and illustrator known for his large-scale wheat pastes and murals like Muhammad Ali and Louis Armstrong. He was also one of the Graffiti in the Sky artists, painting at 4 WTC.
#ChinonMaria gave Vesey Street a grand, festive sign. Her mural sits on top of the colorful #Brolga mural, next to the Vesey Street entrance to the Path train.
While you’re Downtown, check out Chinòn Maria’s #MuralToUnite, a 200+ foot long, 2,400 square foot mural completed in the Fall of 2017 entitled One World Our Children at the World Trade Center Campus, commissioned by Downtown Alliance.
In the end, what was suppose to be eight murals has grown to be a huge project including a walkway of murals celebrating the artists of 4WTC.
The murals will be on view for approximately one year, and we will continue to update, as the murals progress.
Silverstein Properties is not new to providing a canvas for artists. Larry Silverstein has long felt that art brings “vitality, excitement and dimension” to locations. “After 9/11 Silverstein invited artists to work in vacant spaces around the World Trade Center site.”
While you’re there, visit the new home of The Sphere