Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Chico's 9/11 tribute mural reappears on Avenue A
[Image via Google Street View]
We can't really recall the last time that we saw Chico's 9/11 mural on Avenue A at East 14th Street … it has been covered with ads for years now. (The above screen grab via Google Street View is from the summer of 2011.)
However, the billboard was recently removed, bringing what's left of the tribute back into view, as these photos from an East Village resident and EVG reader show…
The proprietor of Dion Cleaners on the corner was unaware of what the building's landlord has in store for the wall.
Here's a video via Michael Paul showing a new billboard going up on Feb. 17, 2012...
Chico created this mural on the night of Sept. 11, 2001. As one Times reader said of the work: "It filled me with hope and sadness and some kind of love for all of the other New Yorkers living through the hours and days yet to come."
And this was the second 9/11 mural to disappear in place of revenue-generating ads in the East Village. Back in 2003, Cooper Union had the "Forever Tall" mural painted over at 35 Cooper Square to make way for ads. (The whole building was eventually demolished anyway.)