The Historic Julien Binford Murals on West 14th Street got a Visit from Banksy

 

 

 

Image of the murals in the bank lobby, via midcenturymundane.wordpress.com. 101 West 14th Street. This HSBC bank branch, now closed.

The mysterious, and much loved street artist, Banksy paid a visit to 101 West 14th Street – announcing his presence on his Instagram account.  Preservationists familiar with the building recognized it right away as the original home of the historic Julien Binford murals located at 101 West 14th Street.  Banksy’s latest addition  ~  a rat painted on the clock atop the entrance to the former bank building.  But less than a week later, the building owners removed Banksy’s clock. It will be placed in storage ~ future as yet undetermined.

Banksy on Instagram
Banksy on Instagram

Below, read the history of the murals, and the great ‘save’ thanks to the efforts of Speaker Corey Johnson and Save Chelsea.

Mural located at 101 West 14th Street painted by Julien Binford in 1954

Update (November 5, 2018) As of this date, the historic murals remain in storage, still in search of a permanent home.

Update (February 28, 2018) Breaking News from Chelsea Now ~ Google NYC and Jamestown announced today that they will team up to help preserve the murals.  According to Chelsea Now, efforts by Save Chelsea, a preservation group, and Speaker Corey Johnson “bore fruit”:

“The effort bore fruit: Jamestown said it recently bought the mural from the developer, Gemini Rosemont, for $50,000, Michael Phillips, president of Jamestown, told Chelsea Now in a phone interview.”

Now ~ to find a home for the mural, with the hope of keeping it in the neighborhood. Under consideration, the Senior Center at Hudson Guild. Two other locations are also being considered. Stay tuned for updates, and read the history of the Julien Binford mural below.

Julien Binford (1909-1997) was an American Painter, known for his paintings and murals of rural settings in Virginia, where he lived.  In May of 1941, LIFE Magazine featured a four-page article on an art show at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts entitled The Eighth Exhibition of the Work of Virginia Artists in which Binford was one of 85 participating artists, whose average age was under 30.

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