Friday, July 26, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Saturday, December 22, 2018
A reader shares these photos from the northeast corner of Third Avenue and St. Mark's Place... where one of Jim Power's mosaics was destroyed.
Per the reader: "The way the bits are laying on the ground it looks like it was intentional — or maybe a truck backed into it or something. Who knows. Anyway, it’s really upsetting."
Saturday, December 1, 2018
The Christmas tree vendor arrived after Thanksgiving on the northwest corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street... EVG reader Russell K. pointed out yesterday that the stand's generator, chained to the light pole, has damaged Jim Power's intricate mosaics here (one of 80 in the neighborhood)...
This chipped artwork was pointed out to one of the workers with the suggestion that they move the chain to prevent further damage over these next 24 days. As of today, the generator remains in place. Updated: They moved the chain off the mosaics after several days.
In unrelated news from this corner, the NYPD has removed the light tower that had been illuminating the sidewalk since mid-October to ward off the reportedly unruly travelers/crusties that had been congregating along Second Avenue.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
[Photo by Steven]
This morning, two more of Jim Power’s Mosaic Trail light poles were reinstalled at the (not-yet-complete) redesigned Astor Place... seven poles are expected in the final redevelopment... (you can read more abut the pole-restoration project here).
Previously on EV Grieve:
The first of Jim Power's restored mosaic light poles has returned to Astor Place
Monday, November 16, 2015
This past Friday, Shane Duffy, an Army veteran and co-owner of SD Squared, an NYC-based home renovation and design firm, teamed up with The Home Depot to transform the Pitt Street studio of Jim "The Mosaic Man" Power (and Jesse Jane).
The project is part of the Celebration of Service program, which has converted 22,000 homes and has invested more than $80 million to provide safe housing to veterans, per the news release.
On Friday, the team, including Julie Powell, an East Village resident and Home Depot store associate/volunteer along with Duffy, created a custom mobile work station for Power to keep his tools and materials and installed shelving and storage units to maximize his space, among other things.
EVG contributor Stacie Joy stopped the Lower East Side apartment of Power, a veteran, on Friday afternoon to check in on the progress…
Power said that he was happy and grateful for all the work done on his space ... and he had more plans for new mosaic and artwork for the future.
All photos by Stacie Joy unless marked…
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Sunday, November 23, 2014
EVG regular Stephen Popkin talked with Jim Power yesterday on St. Mark's Place and Second Avenue.
Stephen asked Jim about the status of his mosaic-covered lampposts that the city removed during the reconstruction of Astor Place.
"At the last Community Board meeting that I attended recently I was told that my mosaics would be preserved. They said that they would remove the lampposts and then cut them down to preserve the mosaics and try to reinstall them back into the area where they came from. I hope that they keep their word."
You can find more updates on Jim's blog here.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
[Photo from Aug. 5 by EVG reader Brian P.]
In recent months, Jim Power has been putting up signs around the neighbor to rally support to save his mosaic-covered lampposts from being permanently removed during the reconstruction of Astor Place.
And the campaign seemingly worked. The Villager reported the following on Tuesday:
The Village Alliance has been getting calls from concerned residents as well, according to executive director William Kelley, who contacted the city Department of Transportation, resulting in a commitment on the D.O.T.’s part to salvage and store the poles until they can be re-incorporated into the streetscape at a later date.
The planned Astor Place redesign will commence this fall and see the temporary removal and storage in a D.O.T. facility of seven of Power’s mosaic poles, according to an emailed statement from the city agency.
“The D.O.T. is working closely with the artist Jim Power and our partners City Lore and the Village Alliance to incorporate the light poles into the new plaza design,” the statement further read.
“I had a meeting with Jim to tell him that we are interested in helping to save them,” Kelley said on Tuesday, adding that there is no immediate danger to the artworks. He said the signs started appearing about two weeks ago, but that “nothing precipitated that” in terms of specific developments in the construction works.
However, despite these assurances, Power began "tearing down his multicolored mosaics from lampposts around Astor Place Wednesday as a preemptive strike against the city," DNAinfo reported yesterday.
He reportedly chiseled off the mosaic on the southwest corner of Third Avenue at Cooper Square.
[EVG photo from last evening]
Per Lisha Arino's report at DNAinfo:
Power decided to take down the Astor Place mosaics as a way to “preserve the identity of a community that is global, that is artistic [and] that is its own beauty," he said.
He plans to incorporate the removed tiles into new mosaics that he will install on lampposts on St. Mark’s Place, he said.
Said Kelley of the Village Alliance: "It's really worth preserving and it's a shame that he’s decided to do that."
You can read Jim's blog for updates here. A sign on Third Avenue at Cooper Square said the Astor Place mosaics will all be removed by Sunday.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Friday, November 8, 2013
On Tuesday, Jim Power unveiled his latest mosaic... on the southwest corner of St. Mark's Place and Avenue A. The folks at Crif Dogs put up $600 for Jim to repair the hole that was in the sidewalk ... and to prevent anyone from being injured.
We asked Jim about the mosaic's middle finger.
"[It's] a message to old Mayor Bucko and the new one, Mayor De Bozo," he said via email. "They are spending $16 million to block the neighborhood's entrance at Astor Place while our streets and sidewalks are in dangerous disrepair."
Meanwhile, find out more about how you can help Jim restore his Mosaic Trail on his blog.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
[Photo from spring 2012 by Bobby Williams]
There was a nice feature yesterday over at Untapped Cities about Jim Power's Mosaic Trail... Per the article by Lara Elmayan:
We took a walk east along the trail and photographed every lamp post along it for posterity’s sake. Power, after all, has learned some cruel lessons from Giuliani and now accepts that his art may be ephemeral – especially if funding isn’t found to maintain and restore it.
Meanwhile, EVG reader Karen was fairly pissed last week after noticing that someone had painted over this mosaic on Broadway at Waverly... (Quote: "Stupid stupid stupid!")
Read more about Jim's efforts here.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Bobby Williams spotted Jim Power with two helpers today... hard at work restoring the mosaic on the northeast corner of Seventh Street and Avenue A... Jim continues to restore his Legendary Mosaic Trail. Read more about his efforts here.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Jim Power was speaking to a reporter from CBS News this afternoon on St. Mark's Place near Avenue A when a small group of tourists walked by... Someone on the street apparently pointed to Jim and said "That's the Mosaic Man right there."
And so Jim suddenly became a stop on the tour.
Friday, May 10, 2013
[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).
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.
Friday, January 18, 2013
I spotted this message on Facebook yesterday from Jim Power, aka the Mosaic Man, of course. Per the post, 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.
Watch a video about his Mosaic trail here. You can find more info here on Jim's website.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Speaking of Jim Power... a reader passed along the above photo... someone had recently painted over the mosaics at the base of the street lamp at the northeast corner of Seventh Street and Avenue A.
Not the first time that this has happened here. In May 2010, a reader noticed that someone had coated the base with gray paint. So the reader took it upon himself to Zip Strip it.
In any event, upon hearing this most recent news, Power said "just one more to rebuild," before noting that the mosaics on Avenue A and Seventh Street needed work. On that topic, Power said that he's planning to create an "Avenue Arihood" pole on the northwest corner ("Bob's corner") in honor of the late Bob Arihood.