September 15, 2014

Books In Real Life, Episode 2: Graffiti Moon


For this month's Books In Real Life we chose... Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley! In Graffiti Moon, the main character Lucy is in love with the work of a grafitti artist named Shadow and spends a night trying to search for him by looking for clues in his art work. Alexa and I decided to go on our own hunt and came up with a list of well-known graffiti art in New York that we wanted to see. The list didn't go quite as planned but that ended up being more fun. We roamed all around Little Italy / Nolita and saw so much more art than we expected to. 


[top left, clockwise]
(1) Kelsey Montague's What Lifts You mural - The first one we saw! This mural has been getting a lot of attention recently and it did not disappoint. It's so simple and uplifting (no pun intended).
(2) Tristan Eaton's Audrey Hepburn mural - It shouldn't be a shock that I was most excited to see this. It is gorgeous in person! I love the colors and how the artist chose to depict Audrey. My only complaint is that the restaurant put a table right in front of it so of course people were there when we checked it out. I really wanted to take a picture with her!
(3) Beau Stanton's mural "Cursum Perficio" - This wasn't on our list but we were immediately drawn to its colors when we walked past it. 
(4) Superman by jerkface - This is another one we stumbled upon while walking around. It was hard to miss Superman and this ended up being one of my favorites from the day. 
(5) I have no idea what this one is but it caught our eye so we quickly snapped a picture. 
(6) Bradley Theodore's art of Diana Vreeland - This wasn't on our list but we saw people posting it on Twitter and decided to hunt it down. I really liked this one! 

[left-right]
(7) Times Square Kiss by Eduardo Kobra - This was the only art not in Little Italy. We made our way to Highline Park to see this and despite the long trek, it was worth it.
(8) Baby Hulk - We walked past this one and knowing that it's pretty well-known, we had to stop and take a picture. While I can't say I like it per se, it's definitely impressive.

Now here's some of my favorite pictures of us with the art!

Survey time! At the end of every Books In Real Life post, we are going to answer a few questions:

Anything you wish you'd known beforehand? I wish I had anticipated how often or quickly a mural can get painted over! We had a few on our list that weren't there anymore when we looked for them.

What was your favorite part? It's a tie between seeing Audrey and the #WhatLiftsYou wings. (And maybe the impromptu shopping we did throughout the day.)

Would we do it again? Yes! I discovered yet another thing I love about this city. I was vaguely aware of the art but it wasn't until I saw people posting pictures of the Audrey or the wings on Instagram that I really wanted to see it for myself. And I'm glad we did!


1 comment:

  1. Seriously, our Books in Real Life adventures are always so much fun! I truly had a good time wandering around New York, making the most of the beautiful weather and getting inspired by all the colorful, creative things we got to see. Can't wait until the next one!

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