Friday, May 10, 2013

How you can help restore Jim Power's Mosaic Trail


[Photo by Katie Wang]

There are two weeks left in the Indiegogo campaign to help Jim Power restore his legendary Mosaic Trail.

Per the campaign materials:

The trail of whimsical mosaic designs on lamp poles, planters, sidewalks and storefronts throughout New York City are some of the most recognizable and universally acclaimed works by a local artist. The various pieces are often dedicated to an historical event, person, or landmark, i.e. 9/11 or the former Fillmore East, or simply act as sign-posts and markers. The works are, for the most part, created using recycled materials, built to last, unique to the city, and add a great deal to the quality of life in the neighborhood. In 1988, Jim was authorized by the DOT to build up to 80 light poles.

Jim has never received any funding for his project from the city or outside groups. Due to vandalism and destruction, only about a quarter of the lamp posts that make up the original trail are still fully intact.

It's an ambitious project — the campaign is seeking $80,000. Of course there are incentives to chipping in, anywhere from $5 to $2,500 (and you get your own pole).

[Photo from last summer by Stephen Popkin]

Also worth noting — 2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of The Village Voice coining the name "Mosaic Man." I couldn't find that article from 1988 online, but the reference is mentioned in this Voice piece from 2010.

Learn more about the campaign here.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

$80,000?!? Citi can cover that.

Marty Wombacher said...

If everyone who reads EV Grieve gave five bucks, it would really help Mosaic Man realize his dream. Come on people, dig deep!

Anonymous said...

Growing up on the LES, he was one of the few special things in the area. I remember him wking his are everywhere. What a talent. Unlike the garbage that goes for art.

dmbream said...

What Marty said!