Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The first of Jim Power's restored mosaic light poles has returned to Astor Place


[Photo via an EVG reader]

As we first reported on Sunday, The Alamo returns to Astor Place tomorrow. (The Parks Department now says the cube won't return until August. See below.)

Ahead of that, though, the first of Jim Power's mosaic lamp posts was just put in place today... ahead of the August date previously reported.

The city removed them in October 2014 to make way for the redesign of the Astor Place-Cooper Square area. There was talk that the poles would not come back, and Power even set out to destroy them himself.

As DNAinfo reported in May: "But after an outpouring of interest at community workshops, advocacy work from neighborhood groups, and an extensive petitioning process, the Mosaic Man’s art will live on in the plaza."

In total, seven of the light poles will again adorn Astor Place.


[Image via @AstorPlaceNYC]

Updated 2:45 p.m.

The Parks Department is now saying that the Alamo won't return until August. Per amNY:

Although there were fliers posted in the Village that gave a June 22 date for the art piece’s re-installation, the agency said it is being inspected by a conservator for final preparation.

“NYC Parks has historically contributed its expertise to the upkeep of the Cube,” Parks spokeswoman Maeri Ferguson said in a statement.

Updated 6/22

Given that this is still a very active work zone, the pole has been wrapped in protective, uh, wrapping...


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great news! I haven't seen Jim around in a while, does anyone know if he's OK?

Michael Paul said...

great news

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:48, I saw him in Fine Fare last week. He looked fine.

Gojira said...

Yeah, I have been saving broken plates and vases for Jim but have not seen him or Jessie Jane for quite a while. Anyone have any info?

cmarrtyy said...

It has no personality. Bad design. Power's poles help but it will always be just different pavement. Find some more trees when you bring the Alamo back. The new design really needs help.

Patrick Rogers said...

I've seen Jim around in the past two weeks on Ave A. , he was in his motorized chair, looked fine.

Amanda Burden-Christ said...

You can't spell boondoggle without oo and my cement field delivers oohs and ahs in spades!

MosaicManNYC said...

GOJIRA, JUST LEAVE THEM FOR ME AT THE FRONT DESK OF MY BUILDING OR ON THE SIDEWALK OUTSIDE.

Anonymous said...

I remember Jim when I was a kid hanging around Astor place, about twenty years ago...I thought he was just some kind of weird vagabond sticking pieces of glass to electric poles.

zen said...

I wrote about Jim when he first started mosaic'ing poles in the late 80s. Back then the City treated his art like the punk bands they ticketed mercilessly for wheatpasting flyers (while giving big commercial wheatpasters free reign). It is an interesting evolution in the philosophy or ethos of the city, the fact that its bureaucracy is now not just tolerating but actively supporting these "squatted" pieces of street art. Go Jim Power!

Anonymous said...

I have loved those poles since 1986. So glad they're coming back.

Anonymous said...

I recall seeing Powers in the 1980s working on his mosaic projects in the Astor Place & Saint Marks areas.

DrBOP said...

Tile we meet again.