Uptown Grand Central Paints East 125th Street with Uptown GrandScale ~ East Harlem

 

 

 

Uptown GrandScale, Saturday, September 7, 2019 ~ ‘Harlem’ mural by Maria Castillo aka TooFly-NYC

Uptown Grand Central has stepped out from under the 125th Street viaduct along Park Avenue to transform fifteen hundred feet of construction fencing into a canvas for fifty artists.

We followed Carey King, Director of Uptown Grand Central and Project Organizer, Ayana Hosten, a veteran from the #100GatesProject in East Harlem, when the project began on August 3, 2019 with the artist Gera Lozano (@geraluz) and fellow-artists, WERC, Crow, Jill Folino and Kristy McCarthy, painting the entire south-west corner at Park Avenue and 125th Street.

@geraluz, August 3, 2019

Beginning Saturday, September 7th, the GrandScale Mural Project will kick-off the first of three weekends, transforming construction fencing on both sides of the 125th Street viaduct, to conclude in time for the annual East Harlem Event ~ Party on Park.

On Saturday, September 7th, painting will begin at 10am and continue to 7pm, with DJ Tedsmooth arriving at 3pm to begin celebrating the end of the day.

The dates include Saturday, September 7; Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 22nd during Party on Park.

Let’s start with the most recent.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Kicking off the day……DJ TedSmooth

 

Lady K Fever on 125th Street, just west of Parks Avenue

 

Lady K Fever

 

Lady K

 

Doris Rodriguez #dorisrodg

 

 

Neequaye Dreph Dsane @dreph + Dreph.co.uk

Above, Neequaye Dreph Dsane @dreph, who lives and works in London. This was the artist’s first trip to the U.S.

@katorikids

 

Yvette Rodriguez

 

 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Uptown GrandScale on 124th Street near Park Avenue, September 7, 2019 ~ @menaceresa

 

Uptown GrandScale on 124th Street near Park Avenue, September 7, 2019 ~ @menaceresa

 

@shiro_one

 

@shiro

 

@fausto_lostbreedculture on 125th Street, east of Park Avenue for Uptown GrandScale

 

@fausto_lostbreedculture on 125th Street, east of Park Avenue for Uptown GrandScale

 

Lesny JN Felix @lesnynjfelix

 

September 7, 2019 ~ @murg + @jourelionyc ~ @marthalicia @nycm2

 

September 7, 2019 ~ @murg + @jourelionyc ~ @marthalicia @nycm2

 

Uptown GrandScale @jourelionyc ~ @marthalicia @nycm2

 

@murg on 125th Street

 

Ralph Serrano @artistikznewyork for Uptown GrandScale on 124th Street near Park Avenue, September 7, 2019

 

Ralph Serrano @artistikznewyork on 124th Street near Park Avenue

 

Charlie Elo @eloburnz

 

 

Below are a few images taken on August 3, 2019, the first Uptown GrandScale murals.

A blank canvas along 125th Street at Park Avenue in advance of Uptown Grand Scale

Carey King, Director of Uptown Grand Central, said: “Since we got our start a little more than five years ago, we have learned the power of public art to both uplift the neighborhood and inspire hopes for the future. We are so grateful for the strong community of artists that exists throughout Uptown, and for their dedication to making public space a place that brings us all together.”

#WERC #Isaiascrow #artofmano #Christine (#dgaleart and #geraluz august 3 2019

Uptown Grand Central’s Carey King, along with Ayana Hosten were the organizers of the #100GatesProject, which extended throughout East Harlem. Take a peek behind the scenes in 2017.

Along Park Avenue,(L-R) @isaiascrow and @WERC

Above and below, the first of the Uptown GrandScale murals, artist Gera Lozano (@geraluz) and fellow-artists, WERC, Crow, Jill Folino and Kristy McCarthy, painting the entire south-west corner at Park Avenue and 125th Street.

Park Avenue side of Uptown Grand Scale, a work-in-progress

In the background, above, the historic Corn Exchange Bank building on the north/west corner of 125th Street and Park Avenue

Park Avenue facing 125th Street and the historic Corn Exchange Bank Building

 

Above, looking south from 125th Street to 124th Street, along Park Avenue.

August 3, 2019 along 125th Street, corner of Park Avenue from L-R, @geraluz, @dgaleart, @geraluz

 

Ayana Hosten and Kristy McCarthy

 

 

125th Street side

 

Another shot of 125th Street side ~ Uptown Grand Scale

Above, Project Organizer, Ayana Hosten helping to pack up after this one-day mural painting.

 

Uptown GrandScale. Completed the same day ~ August 3, 2019

 

 

Moving across Park Avenue, East:

Onlookers watch as artist, Isaias Crow begins his mural on Park Avenue,, August 14, 2019. Photo credit: Carey King, Director, Uptown Grand Central and Project Organizer

Continuing with the summer event, Uptown GrandScale, Uptown Grand Central steps east on Park Avenue, with a new mural by San Diego-based artist, Isaias Crow.

Photo credit: Carey King, Director, Uptown Grand Central and Project Organizer

@IsaiasCrow steps across the street, after working on Gera Lozano’s Uptown GrandScale earlier this month, to take a canvas of his own. In his Uptown GrandScale mural, the artist’s image of a panther signifies the strength of the community, and the community agrees ~ with locals stopping to comment and take pictures. Follow the artist on Instagram.

Artist, Isaias Crow, August 14, 2019 at 125th Street & Park Avenue #UptownGrandScale

Below is an image of the south-east corner on Park Avenue at 125th Street.

Artist, Isais Crow, August 14 2019, 125th Street at Park Avenue in East Harlem

Moving around that same corner on 125th Street (below), we found Kristy McCarthy @dgaleart preparing a wall.

Kristy McCarthy for Uptown GrandScale along 125th Street, August 20, 2019

…… and a few hours later ~

Kristy McCarthy for Uptown GrandScale. August 20, 2019

 

kristy mccarthy for uptown GrandScale, August 20, 2019

 

kristy mccarthy for uptown gransScale, located just east of Metro North station along Park Ave at 125th Street #EastHarlem

“We are thrilled to support a project that is making such an important contribution,” said Andi Potamkin, President of Potamkin Development, a sponsor of the project. “People are strongly affected by their surrounding space where they work and live. Bringing vibrant art into public spaces within the community helps enhance and celebrate the diversity of New York City and its neighborhoods.”

In addition to Potamkin Development, other sponsors of Uptown GrandScale include  the Harlem Community Development Corporation, the Durst Organization, Potamkin Development, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYC & Co. & Blick Art Materials.

Have you notice ~ East Harlem’s Metro North station is getting a facelift! 

Support Uptown Grand Central and the East Harlem Merchants.

Check out East 125th Street, a work in progress.

More going on locally at GothamInHarlem including the crochet mural, La Flor De Mi Madre by artist Naomi Lawrence on Park Avenue at 121st Street, and EATME! by artist Capucine Bourcart on Park Avenue at 120th Street.

Want more #StreetArt?  Check out The Mural Project and Graffiti in the Sky at 4 World Trade. View images from 2019 Graffiti Wall of Fame and El Barrio’s Guerrilla Wall on 116th Street + more.

 

 

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